Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop revealed how drug smuggling proved to be expensive for two Australian citizens who found themselves executed in Indonesia on Tuesday. The executed included some Brazilian citizens too, so they have been met with criticism from the Brazilian government too.
Officials from both governments pleaded for clemency of their nationals, but Indonesian President Joko Widodo hastened up their executions since he came to power in October 2014.
The two were only a part of the group of eight smugglers who had to face the ire of a firing squad on Nusa Kembangan island in Central Java. The execution has raked up a political storm with the Australians as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott came out against the executions. Australian diplomats are to be withdrawn from Indonesia till further steps are taken.
Abbott said relations with Indonesia are to resume the normal course despite the current dip in relations. Abbott decried the sentences as “cruel and unnecessary" since the two men had been completely rehabilitated while they served their jail term in Australia.
Brazil and Australia have a lot at stake if they chose to severe ties with Indonesia. Brazil has to manage a trade of $5 billion with Indonesia. If it goes ahead with severing ties with Indonesia, it is going to lose4 a deal on the export of military material. Australia has to consider some deep and intricate commercial and political links with Indonesia if it plans to go ahead with what it threatens to.
Australia has never called back an ambassador stationed in a foreign country over the execution of prisoners. The truth remains that the step has rarely ever been taken. The Australian prime minister threatened to boycott all trade and tourism links with Indonesia in the wake of such extreme steps by the Indonesian government.