Sorry kid but the lives of drug lords are more precious…
SYDNEY: Australia on Thursday (Mar 5) proposed a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an 11th-hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, while voicing “deep concern” about Jakarta’s international reputation if they are killed.
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called “Bali Nine” drug-trafficking gang, could be shot within days after being moved on Wednesday to the Indonesian island where they are due to face a firing squad.
Authorities must give convicts 72 hours’ notice before they are executed and in a last-ditch effort to save them, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop suggested a prisoner swap. She said she had spoken to her counterpart Retno Marsudi in what was reportedly a tense phone call.
“I’ve spoken to her on a number of occasions about this, and I wanted to explore any other avenues or opportunities to save the lives of these two young men who have been so remarkably rehabilitated,” Bishop told ABC radio.
Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir cast doubt on whether a prisoner swap could happen. “Basically to our understanding, in our legal system, we do not have such a mechanism so I don’t know how this would pan out,” Nasir told AFP.
“If the Aussies are sincerely concerned about human rights, why don’t they release the hundreds of refugees especially children now detained in offshore detention centres?” asked Bung Roswandi, 34, an Indonesian sailor.
“Bunch of hypocrites!”