The bodies of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have reached Jakarta, where the diplomatic consequences of their executions are playing out.
The men’s families trailed their loved ones’ bodies to Jakarta in a bus on Wednesday, following their executions just after midnight on the prison island of Nusakambangan.
Indonesia’s attorney-general visited the site hours later and approved of what he saw.
‘This is a warning for others, don’t even try to commit these drug crimes, to think a thousand times, that Indonesia will be strict, will be harsh on drug crimes,’ HM Prasetyo told reporters in Cilacap.
Australia has recalled its ambassador from Jakarta and Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the families ‘have suffered an appalling tragedy’.
President Joko Widodo didn’t say anything directly about the diplomatic protest but argued again that Indonesia’s sovereignty must be respected.
His Vice President Jusuf Kalla brushed off the recall as a usual protest measure, predicting Ambassador Paul Grigson would be back within months.
The men’s bodies are safe in a Jakarta funeral home before being flown back to Sydney on Thursday or Friday.
A decade after being caught trying to smuggle 8.3kg heroin out of Indonesia, the Australians were tied to a post and, along with six other drug runners, shot dead by a firing squad of 13 policemen.
Indonesia shrugs off Aust anger on deaths
The executions of eight people including the Australians went according to the plans of attorney-general HM Prasetyo, who said he isn’t worried about any resulting diplomatic ‘ripples’.
The executions were performed at 12.35am on Wednesday, he said, with a stated time of death 30 minutes later.