Bali 9 Post-Execution: Bad Clemency Precedence Cost Lives Of Convicted Australian Drug Smugglers

Bali 9 Post-Execution: Bad Clemency Precedence Cost Lives Of Convicted Australian Drug Smugglers
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Bali 9 duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran suffered the death penalty mainly due to bad precedence in granting clemency and contrasting polls conducted by Indonesia, a report from Australian media says.


It is public knowledge that the decision to impose the death penalty on the convicted Bali 9 master drug smugglers came from Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who relied on the case of Schapelle Corby, also an Australian and supposedly sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment, after the Denpasar District Court found her guilty of importing cannabis weighing 9.3 lb into Bali.

Citing mental illness, Corby petitioned for clemency then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who mercifully ordered reduction to her prison terms by 5 years. She was finally afforded provisional liberty via parole early in 2014, subject to a condition that Corby shall have to stay within Indonesia until July 2017.

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Despite being granted clemency, Corby and her family were not too keen on showing gratitude, it was reported. Instead, Corby accused custom officials at Ngurah Rai International Airport of planting the cannabis in her luggage. Corby’s allegation fueled the enraged Indonesians for her parole.

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Polls Showed Australians Wanted The Execution

In a report from Sydney Morning Herald, Roy Morgan Research conducted a poll asking 2,123 respondents on whether “in your opinion, if an Australian is convicted of drug trafficking in another country & sentenced to death, should the penalty be carried out?”

Of the participants, 52 percent answered ‘Y’ on their phones and the percentage result came to Mr. Widodo’s knowledge, bolstering the death sentence.

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“So, they think this is only about Abbott’s politics, not Australia as a whole. . . the [Indonesian] government thinks this is not hurting the people of Australia, it’s only elites, who claim to be popular by misusing public anger,” said Jimly Asshiddiqie, former Indonesian constitutional court chief justice and a staunch opposer of the death penalty, as quoted.

Indonesia is not the only country that strictly imposed the death penalty. America maintains death penalty as capital punishment.