“Today, we lost Myuran and Andrew”: Bali-nine ringleaders executed
Joko Widodo, president of Indonesia, has issued the final word on the execution of eight foreign nationals on death row. Two of the eight included Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, convicted Australian drug-traffickers and leading members of the ‘Bali 9’ drug-smuggling ring.
“We respect Indonesia’s sovereignty, but we do deplore what’s been done and this cannot simply be business as usual,” Abbott told reporters, in a press conference in Canberra this morning alongside Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
“I want to stress that this is a very important relationship between Australia and Indonesia but it has suffered as a result of what’s been done over the last few hours.”
The pair’s Indonesian lawyer Professor Todung Mulya Lubis tweeted the outcome shortly after the news was broken, a sobering summation of a nine-year case.
I failed. I lost.
— Todung Mulya Lubis (@TodungLubis) April 28, 2015
In an unprecedented follow-through on an earlier threat, Australia’s Indonesian ambassador Paul Grigson has been immediately withdrawn from the country; a situation that wasn’t even considered in 1962 when the two nations were on the cusp of war. The withdrawal, under the ambiguous heading of ‘consultations’ serves as an outward display of the Australian government’s dissatisfaction in Indonesia’s flawed legal system. Such a move places a question mark over the future of Australia and Indonesia’s working relationship in light of recent events.
The families of Sukumaran and Chan released a formal statement minutes ago, condemning the absence of mercy from the Indonesian government, and expressing their gratitude for the support received by their sons on a global scale.
— TEN Eyewitness News (@channeltennews) April 28, 2015
Coffins carrying the bodies of the eight people executed have arrived in Cilicap Port from Nusakambangan, the prison island, pending a journey toward Jakarta. Upon arrival, Australia’s Consul-General Majel Hind will formally take possession of and identify the bodies. It is expected that by Friday morning the bodies will be flown back to Australia with their families for burial.