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Statement on Execution

Kim Booth

Kim Booth  -  Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Tags: Justice

The Tasmanian Greens have expressed their sorrow and sympathies to the families and friends of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran who were executed in Indonesia overnight, along with six other prisoners.

“While in no way condoning the drug-trafficking crime for which Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran were convicted, their execution by firing squad was shocking, cruel and unnecessary,” Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said.

“Both Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran demonstrated genuine remorse and also demonstrated clear intent to live meaningful and reformed lives.”

“Over the last ten years these two men have worked hard to make amends and contributed to improving the quality of lives of their fellow prisoners, and in the eyes of many around the nation and the globe they had earned a second chance.”

“There is no place for capital punishment.”

“On behalf of the State Greens, I offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends of Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran, also to all those who worked so hard seeking clemency for these two Australians,” Mr Booth said.