In the next few hours Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be executed by firing squad on the Indonesian Island of Nusakambangan. I have previously made it clear that while I am personally opposed to the death penalty I respect the right of sovereign countries to enforce their own laws.
This outcome was predictable. The Indonesian Government, faced by a burgeoning hard drugs problem with an estimated 110,000 heroin addicts and 1.2m users of crystal methamphetamine, was never going to back-down in the face of considerable diplomatic and political pressure. One might even argue that 'outside' pressure was likely to reinforce their resolve ... shades of the 'Ugly American' perhaps.
Reports have it that Chan and Sukumaran are preparing to meet their maker with dignity ... if such a thing is possible. I hope they are at peace with themselves.
I repeat ... I am opposed to capital punishment but equally, I hope this serves as a further warning that, if you 'do drugs' in Indonesia, then be prepared to face the consequences of your actions.
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