Archbishop of Sydney statement on the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

29/04/2015

Statement of Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, on the Execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Wednesday 29 April

Like most Australians I do not support capital punishment: there is enough violence in our world already without legal systems modelling it to others.

When the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, and I made a joint appeal for clemency, we made it clear that we respected Indonesia's sovereignty and shared its condemnation of drug trafficking. We are all aware of the terrible damage drugs cause. But refusing even to entertain appeals for mercy - even after the pair had demonstrably turned their lives around - seemed to us to damage our neighbour's reputation for justice.

In some ways capital punishment punishes the families more than those executed. They must carry the memories for years to come. My heart and the hearts of all good-willed Australians go out to the Chan and Sukumaran families and the families of the others executed with them. May their children rest in peace.

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