Australia pleads for mercy for drug traffickers to be executed in Indonesia

Australia’s foreign minister on Wednesday appealed to Indonesia’s president to show mercy for two Australian drug traffickers due to executed in Indonesia, expressing disappointment that their latest legal appeal had been rejected. Relations between Indonesia and Australia have sunk to a new low as Indonesia prepares to execute 11 convicts on death row, most on drugs charges, including the two Australians. President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to the convicts despite repeated pleas from Australia, Brazil and France, who all have citizens due to be executed by firing squad. Widodo has accused these nations of interfering in Indonesia’s sovereign affairs. “We respect Indonesia’s sovereignty, we respect their legal system,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Sky News.



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