SYDNEY (dpa) – The execution of two convicted Australian drug couriers would not solve Indonesia’s drug problem, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in Canberra on Friday.
Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, were the leaders of the so-called Bali Nine, who were arrested in 2005 over a plan to smuggle 8.3 kilogrammes of heroine from Indonesia to Australia.
The Indonesian Justice Ministry had approved their transfer from Bali to a prison off Java ahead of the executions expected to take place this month, Indonesian media reported Thursday.
“Its a very tense situation,” Bishop said.
She also warned in an interview with Fairfax Radio that the executions could have consequences for Indonesia’s tourism sector.
“I think the Australian people will demonstrate their deep disapproval of this action, including by making decisions about where they wish to holiday,” Bishop said on Fairfax Radio.