MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 34, members of the so-called Bali Nine group, were arrested 10 years ago for attempting to smuggle 18 pounds of heroin from Indonesia to Australia.
“Australia respects the Indonesian system. We respect Indonesia’s sovereignty. But we do deplore what’s been done and this cannot be simply business as usual. For that reason, once all the courtesies have been extended to the Chan and Sukumaran families our ambassador will be withdrawn for consultations,” Abbott told reporters.
A Filipino mother of two, 30-year-old Mary Jane Veloso, also convicted on drug charges, was spared last minute.