Two Australian citizens were executed on Tuesday in Indonesia, the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop announced today.

 

 

The two Australians were found guilty of smuggling drugs, and the sentence was executed on Tuesday, by a firing squad of 12 soldiers. The execution took place on the island of Nusa Kambangan, in Central Java. The executions were condemned by Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Australia. The Australian Prime Minister appeared with minister Bishop, at the press conference held on Wednesday, announcing that the Australian ambassador will be drawn from Indonesia, for the sakes of consolations.

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The execution was deemed cruel and unnecessary by the Australian Prime Minister Abbott, because the two Australians were “fully rehabilitated”, as they spent 10 years in the Indonesian prison. The names of the two executed smugglers were MyuranSukumaran and Andrew Chan. But it is doubted that this execution will affect the relations of Indonesia and Australia significantly, and even Abbott said that “This is a dark moment in the relationship, but I’m sure the relationship will be restored.”

The Filipina, Mary Jane Veloso, who was also scheduled to be killed, along MyuranSukumaran and Andrew Chan and six other man, was spared, but her destiny still remains uncertain. Mary Jane Velose has two children, and the lawyers representing her managed to get at least a delay on the death sentence.

The two Australians, Chan and Sukumaran, were arrested in the “Bali Nine” operation in 2005, which caught the smugglers who were planning to smuggle 17.6 pounds of heroin to Australia, from Bali.