Indonesia executes 6 drug offence convicts; Brazil, Netherlands recall ambassadors

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Jakarta, Jan 18: Brazil and the Netherlands decided to withdraw their ambassadors in Indonesia after Jakarta ignored their pleas for clemency and executed six prisoners, who were convicted of drug offences, on Sunday.

The convicts, including five foreigners and one Indonesian, were killed by the firing squad shortly after midnight. Two of the foreign nationals are from Brazil and the Netherlands. Three others were from Vietnam, Nigeria and Malawi.

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The executions are the first under President Joko Widodo.

Brazil recalled its ambassador to the South-east Asian nation soon after the incident, saying the executions would affect the bilateral relations. The Brazilian presidency condemned the death penalty and said it had badly affected the relationship of the two countries.

The Dutch, the former colonial masters of Indonesia, also recalled its ambassador and condemned the execution of one of its citizen.

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