Thursday 29 September 2016

Australian outrage at Indonesia killings

Rod McGuirk in Canberra

Published 30/04/2015 | 02:30

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

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

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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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