Criminologists speak out against the execution of our fellow citizens in Indonesia

As criminologists, we join to speak out against the impending and tragic execution of our fellow citizens in Indonesia. We do not see this punishment as either an issue of national sovereignty or of just deserts.
The Australian police gave up these two men to a capital punishment jurisdiction as part of a ‘sting’ operation which could have led to prosecutions and trials in Australia where the death penalty is not an option. Capital punishment is said to be qualified by mercy. In ultimately deciding on clemency, we believe the Indonesian Government should give strongest consideration to the remarkable rehabilitation history of the two condemned men.
In opposing these executions we are not seeking to criticise the judicial process of another country. However, we want to see justice tempered with humanity. Right-minded Australians share the abhorrence of misery and addiction associated with drug abuse and the shameful drug trafficking trade. That said, nothing in our view can justify the killing of two men in circumstances such as these.
At this final hour we add our voices to the calls for the death sentences to be commuted and for Australia and Indonesia to join in other ways to fight the harmful health consequences of drug abuse in all its forms.

Professor Rick Sarre President, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) School of Law | University of South Australia