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MPs continue to push for Bali 9 clemency

An ex-prisoner and a painting student of Myuran Sukumaran prays during a vigil for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan outside Kerobokan Prison, Bali, last Tuesday. AAP Image/Johannes Christo

An ex-prisoner and a painting student of Myuran Sukumaran prays during a vigil for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan outside Kerobokan Prison, Bali, last Tuesday. AAP Image/Johannes Christo

Sydney [AAP]

Senior Australian politicians have again urged Indonesia to grant clemency to the Bali Nine ringleaders on death row.

But cabinet minister Christopher Pyne and opposition frontbencher Anthony Albanese would not ramp up criticism of Indonesia or its president Joko Widodo, or say what the consequences would be if Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

‘You will not be able save these two men’s lives by insulting President Widodo or the Indonesians,’ Mr Pyne told the Nine Network on Friday.

He said there would be consequences for the relationship with Indonesia, but ‘right now’ the Australian government’s aim was to save the men from execution.

Mr Albanese said Indonesia’s standing in the international community would be affected by its decision on the executions.

‘This is an opportunity for Indonesia to do the right thing. If it does that, it will receive praise internationally; if it doesn’t, the international community will draw its own conclusion,’ Mr Albanese said.

Meanwhile, foreign minister Julie Bishop had called the Indonesian ambassador for an explanation for the photo of the smiling Denpasar police chief with Andrew Chan and the high-security transfer of the pair.

Mr Albanese said it was appropriate for Ms Bishop to formally complain.

Treasurer Joe Hockey described the photographs as ‘incredibly insensitive’ and said it was ‘almost macabre’ the way Indonesian authorities had handled the pair.

He told the Seven Network the government had done everything it could to help Chan and Sukumaran, and said executing the pair was not the way for a modern country to behave.

‘On the one hand we have got to maintain a diplomatic relationship with Indonesia, but on the other hand, the outrage of the Australian people is rightly palpable about all of this,’ he said.

Asked if he would review Australia’s foreign aid to Indonesia, Mr Hockey said any changes would ‘not be directly linked to this event’.

He flagged that Ms Bishop would announces changes to overall foreign aid funding closer to the May budget.

One of the lawyers for the men, Peter Morrissey, said it was unlikely police transferring the men meant any harm.

But he said the situation could further prompt the Indonesian government to reconsider their stance.

‘We hope this trouble that’s happened in the plane and the apparent disrespect been shown will just give the Indonesian government a chance to take a deep breath and have a think,’ Mr Morrissey told the Nine network on Friday.

 


One response to “MPs continue to push for Bali 9 clemency”

  1. Jeffrie Trika says:

    Albo, you comment is discriminating at best …. there are 3041 inmates on death row in the USA, what about their international standing?

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