Brazil Pleads with Yudhoyono to Spare Drug Smugglers’ Lives
The Bali Times
Brazil is to ask Indonesia to spare the lives of two Brazilian drug smugglers sentenced to death, Justice Minister Luiz Paulo Barreto said on Monday (Tuesday, Bali time) after talks with his Indonesian counterpart.
“We are asking that they not be executed. This would be shocking in our country, given that Brazil doesn’t have the death penalty and no Brazilian has ever been executed outside of Brazil,” he said in a statement.
Barreto said he discussed the issue with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a UN crime prevention conference in Brazil.
The two convicted Brazilians are a surfer, Rodrigo Gularte, 37, and a windsurfing instructor, Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira, 48. They were arrested while trying to enter Indonesia with 19 kilos of cocaine stashed in their equipment.
A total of 80 foreigners from 16 countries are on death row in Indonesia, including the two Brazilians, the Justice Ministry said.Filed under: Arts & Entertainment