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Indonesia accepts Australians’ execution will affect ties

Indonesia on Wednesday accepted that “all aspects” of its relations with Australia would be affected by the execution of two Australians convicted of drug smuggling, according to media reports.

Indonesia’s Ambassador to Australia Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, while making such a concession, emphasised that his country was not “trigger happy”, Xinhua reported.

The two convicts - Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran - and the rest of their “Bali Nine” gang were caught trying to smuggle 8.2 kg of heroin worth 40 billion rupiah (about $3.1 million) into Indonesia
in 2005.

Chan and Sukumaran were on Wednesday transported from Bali to Indonesia’s “execution island” of Nusakambangan, where they are to be killed by a firing squad.

Kesoema, addressing an Australia-Indonesia Business Council event in Perth, said: “We are not trigger happy. We do it for a very good reason.”

He said that it was a sad situation for both nations, but pointed out that many people died in Indonesia every month from drugs. “All of them (are) poisoned by these people.”
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