Stooping so low….
SYDNEY: Australia has offered to pay the cost of imprisonment for two drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia if they are spared the firing squad, in another bid Thursday (Mar 12) to save their lives.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made the offer in a letter to her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi as Canberra explores all avenues to convince Jakarta not to execute Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
The pair are among several foreigners, including a Frenchman, a Brazilian, three Nigerians and convicts from the Philippines and Ghana, who could be shot dead any time for drug-related crimes.
Bishop suggested a prisoner-swap with Indonesia in a tense phone call with Marsudi on Mar 3, which was rejected, and in a follow-up letter said Canberra was willing to pay for the pair’s life imprisonment costs.
“As discussed, the Australian government would be prepared to cover the costs of the ongoing life imprisonment of Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran should a transfer not be possible,” Bishop wrote in the letter, released by her department.
“I think the Indonesians are trolling the Australians,” said Bung Soeparno, 34 a sailor.
“The longer the death penalty is postponed, the more desperate the Australians become and the more hilarious their suggestions are.”