STATEMENT - Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

 

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

ACTING LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

STATEMENT

 

ANDREW CHAN AND MYURAN SUKUMARAN

 

Labor understands Indonesian authorities have given notice that arrangements will soon be made for the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

 

This is obviously not the outcome we had hoped for.  It is particularly concerning given there are legal processes still underway. These should be allowed to run their course.

 

Labor opposes the death penalty in every circumstance, in every country.

 

Both Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran, know they committed a very serious crime. They have demonstrated genuine remorse, but know they must pay a heavy price.

 

During their decade in gaol, both young men have made exemplary efforts to rehabilitate themselves, as well as other prisoners. Even the Governor of the prison has commended their work.

 

Allowed life, the example of Andrew and Myuran’s reform shows the strength of the Indonesian justice system.  Allowed life, there’s potential to repay debts to society. Death extinguishes these things forever. And death significantly weakens Indonesia’s ability to plead mercy for its own citizens facing execution around the world – nearly 230 people.

 

As the thoughts of our nation are with the families and friends of Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran at this incredibly difficult time, we are reminded that the death penalty is not just a sentence on these two young men, but on all those who love them.

 

Labor pleads with the Indonesian Government to show them mercy. It’s not too late.

 

We continue to offer the Australian Government every support for its efforts to secure clemency for Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran.

 

While there’s life, there’s hope.

 

SUNDAY, 26 APRIL 2015

 

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