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posted by John Kleinig, Mar 04, 2015
The Bali nine prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been transferred from Kerobokan prison to get to the island where they are to be executed by firing squad. Professor John Kleinig discusses the ethical difficulties of this case.
The current anxieties over the imminent execution of Mr Myuran Sukumaran and Mr Andrew Chan, leaders of the so-called Bali Nine heroin trafficking group, reflect political and ethical complexities of great subtlety. These are not issues to be dealt with ham-fistedly but with nuance and respect.
There is of course the matter of national sovereignty, a matter made more problematic by Indonesia's proximity and importance to Australia.
It is important that Australian diplomacy gives full weight to the potentially wider ramifications that disrespectful 'pressure' might have so that, whatever else happens, neither country comes away from whatever negotiations are taking place feeling that it has lost face.
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