Jakarta, Indonesia – It is about to be a sad day for 2 Australians who were convicted of smuggling drugs in Indonesia. The pair are being transported to the prison where they will be executed by firing squad in the near future. The Australian government is still attempting to work some diplomatic magic to see to the release or lessened sentence of the two convicted smugglers. In many countries, the offense of smuggling drugs would likely carry hefty penalties and fines, but so few would make you pay with your life. Indonesia sees the death penalty as being a fitting punishment for the crime, so that they can make examples of the smugglers they catch.
Indonesia Set To Execute 2 Australian Drug Smugglers By Firing Squad
The leader of Indonesia, President Joko Widodo, has rejected all pleas from the prisoners and foreign diplomats to stay their executions. His decision alone would be all that is needed to overturn the court’s decisions, but it appears that he does not wish to entertain the idea at this time. The two Australians were transported to Kerobokan Prison, where they face their coming executions.
Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott asked President Widodo to consider sparing the lives of these 2 Australians in return for roughly $1 billion in aid that Australia sent to Indonesia for relief. Even with the option to return the $1 billion favor, President Widodo sits confidently with his decision. It is decisions like these international life and death cases that apparently make the country’s leader feel important.
Australians have been pleading with their government to take actions against the Indonesians to help secure the lives of their prisoners. The death penalty is not a punishment that sits well on the minds of the Australian people, and for them to see some of their fellow nationals face that outcome seems barbaric to them.
Indonesia Set To Execute 2 Australian Drug Smugglers By Firing Squad.