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The Bali Nine horror: silence from Labor
Isn't it weird. Amrozi is about to be shot dead as the Indonesian courts decide they can't even look at the nation's constitutional protection of human rights re three of the Bali Nine's appeal against their death by firing squad BECAUSE THEY'RE FOREIGNERS!
'In conclusion... plaintiffs who are Indonesian nationals have legal standing (in Indonesian law) while plaintiffs who are foreign nationals have no legal standing... so the proposals of plaintiffs three to five cannot be accepted,' (the head judge) said, referring to the trio of Australians.
I, for one, will never forgive this government for handing over our bloody stupid, off the rails young people to the Indons for arrest, knowing Indonesia had the death penalty for such offences. I imagine their parents, and weep for them, and our Prime Minister, his hands bloodied with Australian blood, by CHOICE!
Yet there is silence from Labor. Sure, McLelland said he'd support Downer's representations to the Indonesian government, but where is the outrage? Where is the promise to never ever lest this happen again?
These Bali nine young people were MULES, remember. The AFP has never explained why they didn't let them bring the drugs back here and lead them to the big time crims.
I last wrote about this matter in Death politics in connection with Rudd's slap down of McLelland on capital punishment and Amrozi, despite the fact that Rudd himself opposed the death penalty for Saddam. In that post I republished my original piece of 8 August 2003 on the danger for Australians of both big parties backing the death penalty for Amrozi. We can't say death is fine for foreigners and uncool for us. We just can't.
So far, only the Democrats and The Greens have put out statements on this Australian tragedy, which I've published below.
Of course Labor doesn't want to enter this field now because of Rudd's hysterical overreaction to McLelland's recent statement of ALP policy. So now Amrozi and the young Australians facing death are linked. We've got nowhere to go, unless we want to ask the Indons to declare us racist.
Webdiarists can revisit the scandal by reading Michael de Angelos's piece of 19 april 2005, Bali busts: our road to a new form of fascism and the 511 (!) comments to it. On that thread I wrote a rI was a nutter. This was it:"... Howard dumped Australia's long-time opposition to the death penalty when Amrozi was convicted. This horror is the latest manifestation of that terrible bipartisan decision. Howard seems comfortable with the prospect of Australian blood on his hands... No Australian should go to Bali or elsewhere in Indonesia if at all possible. It's too risky. Indonesia is one of the most corrupt nations on earth - see PJ Journey's Maybe I am also a thief - and Australia is now happy to deliver our citizens into its corrupt justice system and let them be executed by its order."
For a good history of the big party's changing positions on capital punishment under pressure, see Crikey's Policy Comparison.
30 October, 2007
Govt could prevent repeat of Bali Nine: Democrats
31 October, 2007
Government needs to plead for clemency for Bali nine now: Greens