Australia condemns executions in Indonesia

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Ambulances carry the bodies of eight convicted drug traffickers from several countries, after their executions on an Indonesian island. Among them are two Australians — Andrew Chan and Myuran

Australia condemns executions in Indonesia

Ambulances carry the bodies of eight convicted drug traffickers from several countries, after their executions on an Indonesian island.

Among them are two Australians — Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Their executions have angered Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who campaigned for their clemency.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING:

“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 Australians were fully rehabilitated while in prison.”

The news drew mixed reactions from Sydney residents.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) SYDNEY RESIDENT JOHN MCGRATH SAYING:

“They know the rules when they go into there. They’ve got big signs saying trafficking drugs gets the death penalty so they take the risk to reap the benefit. It’s sad they’ve gone.”

(SOUNDBITE)(English) SYDNEY RESIDENT SUE DEVINE, SAYING:

“That’s terrible, that’s barbaric in this day and age. They did 10 years, that was plenty enough punishment.”

Citizens of Brazil, Nigeria and Indonesia are also among the eight killed by a firing squad.

Australia and Brazil have recalled their ambassadors to Jarkarta to protest against the executions.

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