As vigils for the condemned were held around Australia, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, said she was “deeply disturbed” by the day’s events, particularly “the ghastly process that the families have been put through”. She also warned of “consequences” for Australia’s relations with Indonesia.
The clock had been ticking for Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran since six death-row prisoners, including a Brazilian and a Dutchman, were executed in January. Today, they died along with Zainal Abidin, an Indonesian, Rodrigo Gularte, from Brazil, three Nigerians – Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze – and Martin Anderson of Ghana.
In all, 10 had faced execution, but Serge Atlaoui, a Frenchman, and Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina, won temporary reprieves. The Australians died before their final appeal was even heard by the constitutional court, and before an inquiry into claims that their trial judges offered lenient sentences in exchange for bribes.
Some believe that Mr Widodo’s tough stance was motivated by his sliding fortunes at home. Indonesians strongly back the death penalty, particularly for drug criminals.
Source: The Independent, UK