Brazil, Netherlands fume as Indonesia executes six for drug offences

BRAZIL and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia after the execution of two of their nationals for drug trafficking.

Brazilian Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira, 53, and Dutch national Ang Kiem Soe, 52, were among six people who faced the firing squad on Sunday.

The other four convicts were from Indonesia, Malawi, Nigeria and Vietnam.

Indonesia has some of the toughest drug laws in the world. It ended a four-year moratorium on executions in 2013.

President Joko Widodo has said that he will show no mercy towards drug criminals because they have ruined the lives of so many.

The six convicts were executed in Central Java province – five on the island of Nusa Kambangan and the other one, a Vietnamese woman, in the small central Javanese town of Boyolali.

Brazil says Moreira was the first Brazilian national to be executed abroad.

He was arrested in 2003 after police at Jakarta airport found 13.4 kg of cocaine hidden in his hang glider.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said in a statement that she was “outraged and dismayed”.

“Relations between the two countries have been affected,” said Ms Rousseff.

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