'All shots were done perfectly... much better than the first round of executions': Indonesian attorney-general boasts of 'smooth and orderly' firing squad... and shrugs off Abbott's withdrawal of Australia's envoy
ABC News reports that Indonesian attorney-general H.M. Prasetyo applauded Chan and Sukumaran's executioners for their work.
'All shots were done perfectly. These executions were carried out smoothly and in order - much better than the first round of executions in January,' he said.
Mr Prasetyo declared it was necessary to fight drug crime in the country, as he dismissed Australia's withdrawal of its ambassador as a 'momentary reaction'.
He visited Nusakambangan on Wednesday, hours after Bali Nine pair were executed with other drug offenders.
'I would like to say that an execution is not a pleasant thing. It is not a fun job,' he said.
'But we must do it in order to save the nation from the danger of drugs. We are not making enemies of counties from where those executed came. What we are fighting against is drug-related crimes.
'Therefore, I would like to offer my condolences, on the execution of those who were on the death row, to their families, to their home countries.
'Once again, we are not against the countries, but we are fighting a war against the horrible drug crimes that threaten our nation's survival.'
Mr Prasetyo shrugged off diplomatic backlash from Australia after Prime Minister Tony Abbott slammed the executions as 'cruel and unnecessary' and announced he would withdraw Australia's ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson.
'The Netherlands have done the same thing in the past. Brazil has done the same thing,' he said.
'I think this is just a momentary reaction, and this will be settled within the diplomatic sphere.
Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla said withdrawing an ambassador was a normal diplomatic protest.
'Within a month or two, they will come back. That's the signal of protest, we did that too,' he said, referring to the time Indonesia withdrew its ambassador to Australia in 2013 over a phone tapping scandal.
Prasetyo said the executions would serve as a warning to others.
'This is a warning for others, don't even try to commit these drug crimes, to think a thousand times, that Indonesia will be strict, will be harsh on drug crimes,' he told reporters in Cilacap.
'The result of the second execution was better, more orderly and more perfect than the last,' he said, referring to executions carried out in January and noting the bodies were treated more 'humanely' this time.
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo raised his nation's sovereignty when asked about Australia withdrawing its ambassador.
'Our sovereignty must be respected,' he told reporters.
'We're ready to respect the sovereignty of other countries as well.'
Mr Abbott announced Australia's unprecedented diplomatic response on Wednesday morning, just hours after the Bali Nine duo were put to death despite pleas for their deaths to be reconsidered.
'Australia respects the Indonesian system, we respect Indonesia's sovereignty but we do deplore what's been done and this cannot simply be business as usual,' Mr Abbott said.
'For that reason once all the courtesies have been extended to the Chan and Sukumaran families our ambassador will be withdrawn for consultations.'
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australian consular officials in Indonesia will arrange for the men's bodies to be repatriated to Australia, ensuring that they are treated with 'appropriate dignity and respect'.
'And I expect to be able to discuss further aspects of our relationship with Indonesia when our ambassador Paul Grigson returns to Australia at the end of this week,' Ms Bishop said.
The consul general Majel Hind will formally identify the bodies.
Ms Bishop hasn't ruled out cutting Australian aid to Indonesia in protest over the executions of Chan and Sukumaran.
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