After firing, Brazil recalls Ambassador in Indonesia

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  1. IBSA

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    Indonesian Execution of Brazilian Triggers Ambassador Recall
    By Raymond Colitt and Karen Eeuwens Jan 17, 2015 9:59 PM GMT-0200

    Indonesia executed a Brazilian citizen for drug trafficking, ignoring a plea for clemency from President Dilma Rousseff and prompting the Latin American nation to recall its ambassador for consultations.

    Rousseff received confirmation that Marco Archer was killed soon after midnight Jakarta time on Jan. 18, Brazil’s presidency said in an e-mailed statement. The decision to execute Archer “gravely affects relations” between the two countries, the presidency said. The Netherlands’ government also condemned the execution of Dutch citizen Ang Kiem Soei by Indonesia.

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo refused Rousseff’s personal appeal by telephone to spare Archer and Rodrigo Gularte, another Brazilian facing “imminent” execution for drug trafficking, according to a statement published Jan. 16 by Brazil’s presidential press office in Brasilia. Archer is the first Brazilian to be executed by a foreign government, according to newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.

    Widodo told Rousseff he couldn’t commute the sentence because all judicial proceedings had followed Indonesian law and the Brazilian citizens had been granted due process, according to the statement. The decision “will generate commotion in Brazil and have a negative repercussion for bilateral relations,” Rousseff told Widodo.

    Brazilian exports to Indonesia totaled $998 million in the first half of last year, according to the International Monetary Fund, while Indonesian exports to South America’s largest economy were $757 million.

    Death Row

    Brazil’s Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot also sent a letter to Indonesia’s Attorney General HM Prasetyo on Jan. 16, requesting an eight-week delay to Archer’s execution. In the same letter, he said he saw the possibility for commutation of Gularte’s death sentence for immunity reasons. Gularte wasn’t scheduled to be executed on Jan. 18.

    Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said in an e-mailed statement it’s “tragic” that Ang Kiem Soei and five others have been executed. “My sympathies go out to their families, for whom this brings a dramatic end to years of uncertainty,” he said.

    The Indonesian Embassy in Brasilia didn’t immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment outside office hours.

    Indonesia’s government said in December it would put to death 64 convicts. Archer was one of six executed today for drug-related offenses, according to the Brazilian government news agency, Agencia Brasil. Amnesty International said on Jan. 15 that the executions would be a setback to the new Indonesian government’s promise of improving respect for human rights.

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  3. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    Many countries have the same zero tolerance towards drug trafficking.

    Brazil and Netherlands shall respect Indonesia's judicial independence and not over-react.

    Speaking of sympathies and human rights let's keep drug victims in mind first.
     
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    Death for drug trafficking is excessive.
    This stupidity of zero tolerance must go.
     
  5. IBSA

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    Its normal, and even a obligation, Brazilian government worry with life and security of Brazilian citizens in foreign lands. Marcos Archer further a drug dealers was a Brazilian citizen too. But Indonesia has acted in its own right, after its law be violated. Marcos Archer was condemned but not before a judgement with right to a defense lawyer.

    It was a exaggerated reaction of Dilma to recall our ambassador. Brazil and Indonesia are two emerging powers, and is idiocy to deteriorate our relations only for an drug dealer. Brazilian interests are bigger than Marcos Archer.

    How Brazilian gov would want to save Archer's life if Brazil and Indonesia dont have even an extradiction agreement? If Brasilia wants to save the life of Rodrigo Goulart, another drug dealer waiting in Indonesia's death corridor, well, they could start making such agreement, that is, approaching more of Indonesia, instead of to keep away.

    Meanwhile, when the Brazilian citizen Charles Menezes was wrongly shot by Scotland Yard as being a 'terrorist', Brazilian gov didnt cut off our relations with United Kingdom. But rise the voice against Indonesia is easier.

    Je ne suis pas Marcos Archer :tsk:

    Je suis Charlie... Menezes! :cool2:
     
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  6. Latika_singer

    Latika_singer A simple user of DFI

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    Indonesia-Brazil Relations cooling,because Marco Archer,Rede Globo and Dilma...:tsk:
    This is sad...
     

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