Planned execution of two Aussies unlikely to affect Bali

The planned execution of two Australian death-row convicts is not expected to have any negative impact on the good bilateral ties between Indonesia and Australia and to the inflow of Australian tourist to Bali, says Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika.

“No, it will not affect it. The situation will remain normal, it will not have any effect,” quoted him as saying in Denpasar on Thursday.

Two Australian citizens Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, members of the so-called Bali Nine, are among 133 death-row convicts waiting for their turn to be executed. Sukumaran and Chan, currently detained in Kerobokan Prison in Denpasar, Bali, were jailed for their attempt to bring in 8.3 kilograms of heroin to Bali in 2005. The Attorney General’s Office executed five foreigners and one Indonesian sentenced to death in Nusakambangan and Boyolali, Central Java, on Sunday.

Separately, head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Agency Anak Agung Yuniarta concurred and said Indonesia and Bali would continue boosting their good bilateral ties with Australia and a number of cooperation projects benefitting the two countries were still underway in the province.

“We hope the planned executions will not pose any problem to the countries’ bilateral ties and the tourism industry in the province. Bali, which has become a second home for many Australians, will not be affected,” he said.

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