The Abbott government of Australia has just announced that it will pay for the two Australian drug dealers, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, to be imprisoned if their lives are spared.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, raised the idea as a fallback option to the Indonesian government to spare the lives of the two Australians who are to be put to death for their involvement in a drug smuggling scheme – the deal takes in consideration that the two will be flown out of Indonesia and serve their time in Australia.
“As discussed, the Australian government would be prepared to cover the costs of the ongoing life imprisonment of Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran should a transfer not be possible,” Bishop wrote in a letter.
Retno rejected the prisoner exchange request several days later, writing to Bishop on 8 March to say there was “no legal basis within the Indonesian law that would allow for such exchange to take place”.
In a backlash of all that is happening between the two countries – Indonesian minister Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno warned Australia this past week that the country could easily release a “human tasunami” of 10,000 asylum seekers to Australia if Canberra kept doing things that displeases Jarkarta.