29 April, 2015. 11:35
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | [email protected]
After an extremely emotionally-draining year, Australian death penalty advocates are today holding their heads up high as two Aussies were executed – after months of campaigning for a punishment that has been illegal in our country for half a century.
Overnight, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed by firing squad in Indonesia.
The two men had been on death row since 2006, convicted of trying to smuggle heroin out of Bali with seven other Australians. The fact that they were 2nd-generation Australians meant the support from their home country was divided to begin with.
Their reported deaths add to a small number of Australians that don’t look like Australians executed overseas. But no need to worry, because there’s more to come.
Pham Trung Dung, an Australian of Vietnamese origin, was arrested in May last year when customs officials reportedly found heroin in his luggage as he was boarding a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Australia.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said confirmed that they had been informed of the sentence: “We understand that he has the right of appeal. Whether he decides to do so is a matter for the man and his lawyers.”
Kevin Wilton, an Australian death penalty advocate and vocal social media user, has also stated that the fact that Pham Trung Dung was sentenced for drug offences makes it easier for real Aussies to dehumanise him.
“I mean the 4 kilograms of heroin makes it easier. If it was any other illegal goods, he’d probably get off. But Vietnam and Indonesia feel the same way I do about drugs. People who traffick, sell and use drugs… well, they aren’t really people”.
“Mind you, It’s not always a safe bet. They let that bloody Nola Blake bitch off in Thailand, she only got 35 years. But in her defence, she was a real Aussie,”