Friday 22 September 2017

Australian outrage at Indonesia killings

Australians Myuran Sukumaran (L) and Andrew Chan (R) were executed by firing squad. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Australians Myuran Sukumaran (L) and Andrew Chan (R) were executed by firing squad. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Rod McGuirk in Canberra

Australia said it would withdraw its ambassador to Indonesia after two Australians were among eight drug traffickers executed by the Southeast Asian country yesterday.

The executions by firing squad of the eight men - two Australians, four Nigerians, a Brazilian and an Indonesian - attracted wide international condemnation and intense Australian media coverage.

But there was unexpected joy in the Philippines, where the government won an 11th-hour stay of execution for a Philippine woman also on death row on a drug conviction.

Australia, which has abolished capital punishment, had never before made such a move in retaliation for a citizen's execution.

Outraged Australians, meanwhile, called for a cut in foreign aid to Indonesia, less co-operation between the countries' police forces and a tourist boycott of the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Irish Independent

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