The chill­ing re­al­ity

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Matthew McIn­er­ney Re­porter matthew.mcin­er­

THE lives of two Aus­tralian drug smug­glers were ended yes­ter­day when their ex­e­cu­tions were car­ried out in In­done­sia.

An­drew Chan and Myu­ran Suku­maran were the two ring­leaders of the Bali Nine drug smug­gling ring, and were caught smug­gling heroin in 2005.

Ev­ery­one has an opin­ion on their fates: some be­lieve they should have been al­lowed to live, oth­ers are okay the pair were sen­tenced to death.

My view is murkier than mud.

I’m no sup­porter of the death penalty – far from it.

I do not be­lieve any one man, woman or group should have the power to de­cide who lives and who dies, for what rea­sons, and when.

I’ve toed the “do the crime, do the time” line for as long as I can re­mem­ber.

If you visit an­other coun­try, you ad­here to their laws and risk their con­se­quences if you break them.

I was com­fort­able with that view for as long as this saga had drawn out – In­done­sia has a death penalty, they were caught, and that’s the con­se­quence.

But wak­ing up yes­ter­day to the news it was over, I felt ... dif­fer­ent.

Chan and Suku­maran should have spent the rest of their days in pri­son.

There are re­ports the pair had re­ha­bil­i­tated – which is fan­tas­tic if cor­rect – but I per­son­ally have very lit­tle sym­pa­thy for drug smug­glers.

With all that in mind, I can’t help but won­der what the re­ac­tion would have been had the fi­nal sen­tence been car­ried out in 2006.

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