Australia offers to pay for 2 prisoners' keep in Indonesia

2015-03-12 05:56

Canberra - Australia's foreign minister says her government has offered to carry Indonesia's costs for keeping two Australian heroin traffickers in prison for life if Jakarta grants permanent stays of execution.

Australia is lobbying hard to prevent the executions by firing squad of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. They are among nine foreign drug convicts plus an Indonesian who are to be executed soon on Nusakambangan Island prison off the main island of Java.

The offer to pay for the prisoners' keep was made by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in a letter to her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi dated March 5 and reported by The West Australian newspaper on Thursday.

Bishop on Thursday confirmed that the offer had been made among several suggestions of alternatives to execution.

  • Barend Hayden - 2015-03-12 06:06

    What about the lifes these traffickers help destory? Sorry but if you do the crime you do the time, whether its a prison sentence or execution.

      Beaulah Fortuin - 2015-03-12 10:04

      Why does Australia want to protect drug dealers and not its victims?

  • Alicia Motsepe - 2015-03-12 06:50

    I so agree! We'll have less criminals among us!

      Linds Ron-House - 2015-03-12 10:16

      Most Asian countries executive drug dealers, but instead of the trade declining the opposite is happening. Unfortunately the death penalty is not the solution it pomises to be. You execute one criminal and another one joins the trade. As long as there is demand for drugs, drug dealers will be there to supply. It's basic economics. Address demand more than supply.

  • Walterx Lebzax - 2015-03-12 07:02

    Why are this drug traffickers so important to Australia? Australia and Indonesia are staunch allies, but why would the execution of this mere two drug traffickers exacerbate Australian and indonesian diplomatic tensions? Australia wants this two drug dealers rescued at all costs. But don't they deserve their punishment? Indonesia is a sovereign state, is independent, and has it's own laws to govern and protect it's own people. The truth is: drug trafficking is a 400 billion dollar industry, and the goverments like America's CIA secretly manage the drug industry. They're not just mere drug traffickers, but they're government agents just like spies and diplomats. Once they're back on Australian land they'll be given new passports and sent on a new mission if necessary.

  • Vusi Vsj - 2015-03-12 07:07

    Execute them all

  • Neels Minnaar - 2015-03-12 07:19

    So a government is protecting criminals, but does nothing to protect it's law abiding, tax paying citizens? Do we need any more proof that the world is run by a bunch of criminals?

  • Logan Parker - 2015-03-12 07:41 gad and everything that is holy,what is wrong with the ossies...why are they this worried about drug dealers...or are there more behind this whole incident than drug dealers...whatever the case maybe, I hope Indonesians stick to their guns and execute these criminals soon. They had a fair trail, was found guilty and sentenced. There is nothing more a reasonable person can ask for...

  • Jeremy Richard Schaffner - 2015-03-12 08:17

    Oh dear, dear, dear. Poor, poor Australia, don't you see that you are better off without drug traffickers? Don't you see that Indonesia is doing you and the world a service? What have you got for brains? Rather sit back and let justice take it's course.

      Jeremy Richard Schaffner - 2015-03-12 08:22

      I don't think that the majority of Australian tax payers will be happy about their government offering to fund a couple of drug traffickers for life, when they are not even on Aussie soil, nogal.

  • Robert Coughlan - 2015-03-12 09:04

    It's clear that drug traffickers most often know full well the laws of the land, but this doesn't appear to stop them. Most will say that this serves them right. The deterrance value of the death penalty is highly overrated, and since when does it make sense to structure somebody's punishment based on the predicted future crimes which others may or may not commit? Using similar logic that most use to smugly justify the execution of drug mules, we could also argue that driving drunk, or even texting while driving, whether an accident resulted or not, deserves the death penalty, simply due to its proven increased potential for causing severe injury or death. Make no mistake, I'm not opposed to long, harsh prion sentences for these folk. That's way more of a deterrant than the death penalty will ever be.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2015-03-12 10:04

    Julie Bishop, wake up to the real world. Drug smugglers have no pity, why show them some?.

  • Carol Bobby Ellenberger - 2015-03-12 12:03

    Will they also pay a lifelong stipend to the users who purchased drugs from these dealers as there lives are surely also permanently negatively affected.

  • Ben Lewis - 2015-03-13 03:54

    These two were bad Australians, why all the fuss to save them when there are good Australians waiting for services because of the lack of funding. They broke the law that they knew existed. What if we all did that this country would be in ruins in a very short time.

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