Australia recalls ambassador over Indonesian executions

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Australia recalls ambassador over Indonesian executions

Indonesia’s execution of eight convicted drug-traffickers from several countries has strained diplomatic relations. Australia has recalled its ambassador and Brazil is evaluating ties with Jakarta.

cruel and unnecessary

Australian’s Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed by firing squad along with six others from Nigeria, Ghana Indonesia and Brazil.

pleas for clemency

Pleas from Canberra for clemency until a criminal investigation was complete were disregarded.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott expressed his anger:
“These executions are both cruel and unnecessary. Cruel because both Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran spent some decade in jail before being executed; and unnecessary because both of these young Australian were fully rehabilitated while in prison.”

There were celebrations in Manila when a ninth drug offender, Filipina Mary Jane Veloso was granted a stay of execution pending further investigations.

Indonesia has some of the toughest drugs laws in the world and ended a four-year moratorium on executions in 2013.

Amnesty International has described the executions as “utterly reprehensible.”