Death by Firing Squad
- Andrew Chan – 22, Sydney, NSW
- Myuran Sukumaran – 24, Sydney, NSW
- Renae Lawrence – 28, Newcastle, NSW
- Scott Rush – 20, Brisbane, QLD
- Martin Stephens – 29, Wollongong, QLD
- Michael Czugaj – 20, Brisbane, QLD
- Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen – 23, Brisbane, QLD
- Matthew Norman – 19, Sydney, NSW
- Si-Yi Chen – 20, Sydney, NSW
Complete profile of the nine. Multicultural bunch ain’t it?
It is interesting in comparison – what happened to all those ppl who jumped up and down about the death penalty for Nguyen Tuong Van in Singapore? And before him, the ppl who protested about Schapelle Corby?
I’m neither for or against the death penalty. I only believe that these ppl knew the risks and understood the consequences before they embarked on their fateful journey to Bali. Australia will go through its usual diplomatic appeals as a good government should but it won’t change anything.
Many ppl here have argued that because the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have known about their intentions that they should have arrested them here in Australia instead of letting them go to Bali. My argument is that the AFP only had a theory and a possible tip-off but not solid evidence. Arrest them and let the courts release them due to lack of evidence? And then repeat the whole process when they try smuggling drugs into Australia again?
That’d be silly. The AFP are not to blame.
So heed the lessons – respect the laws of the country that you are visiting. If you don’t like the laws then don’t go there. But if you do go there, don’t blame anyone else when you get caught for commiting a crime (ie. AFP, Indonesian police), and then cry over the harshness of the punishment.