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Brazil ‘Outraged’ Over Indonesia Execution

Brazil ‘Outraged’ Over Indonesia ExecutionBrazil ‘Outraged’ Over Indonesia Execution

Brazil says it is “outraged” by the execution of one of its citizens in Indonesia for drug trafficking.

Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira, 53, was arrested in 2003 after police at Jakarta airport found 13.4 kilograms of cocaine hidden in his hang glider, BBC reported.

Brazil says he was the first Brazilian national to be executed abroad and has warned it will damage relations. Five other convicts from Indonesia, Malawi, Nigeria, Vietnam and the Netherlands, were executed on Sunday.

Convicted of drugs charges, they faced a firing squad in Central Java province shortly after midnight local time.

Five were executed on the island of Nusa Kambangan and the other one, a Vietnamese woman, was executed in the small central Javanese town of Boyolali.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said in a statement that she was “outraged and dismayed.”

“Relations between the two countries have been affected,” she said. “The Brazilian ambassador to Jakarta has been recalled for consultations,” she added.

The Netherlands has also recalled its ambassador, after Foreign Minister Bert Koenders called the execution of Dutch citizen Ang Kiem Soe, 52, “an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.”

Indonesia’s president, who signed off on the executions last month, has taken a tough stance on the rule of law and pledged no clemency for drug offenders. Indonesia resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap.

 

Financialtribune.com