Indonesia executes five foreigners despite protest

Indonesia executes five foreigners despite protest
By Seamus Kearney
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Brazil and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors over Indonesian executions


In a deepening diplomatic row, Indonesia has gone ahead and executed six prisoners for drug offences, including five foreigners.

Brazil and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors in protest, as their pleas for clemency were ignored.

Executions in Indonesia resumed last year after a gap of five years.

This despite condemnation from human rights groups and foreign governments against the death penalty.

Brazil says the execution of its national by firing squad would affect bilateral relations.

The Netherlands, Indonesia’s former colonial ruler, also condemned the execution of its citizen, calling it “cruel and inhumane”.

Jakarta ignored months of lobbying by foreign officials, who campaigned for the death penalties to be replaced by jail terms.

#Indonesia 's next set of executions might kill this British grandmother. All wrong, says hrw</a> <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Phelim Kine 林海 (PhelimKine) January 18, 2015

RT DsSayed</a>: Execution of 6 people flies in the face of <a href="">#Indonesia</a>&#39;s human rights commitments <a href=""></a> <a href="">KontraS HRWG_Indone

— Amnesty Australia (@amnestyOz) January 18, 2015

Indonesia's Atty General: "Every country has to respect the law applied in our country"

— The Jakarta Globe (@thejakartaglobe) January 18, 2015

Indonesia's attorney-general says executing people by firing squad "gives us headaches".

— Ben Cubby (@bencubby) January 18, 2015

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