Indonesian armed forces prepare weapons for execution

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), General Moeldoko, stated that intelligence apparatus and weapons have been mobilized to anticipate possible threats to the execution of two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

"Of course, we do not indicate or refer to a particular country. However, the military deeply understand the possibilities of threats," General Moeldoko said here on Friday.

To strengthen the military, Moeldoko noted, the TNI will create a detailed plan with the Attorney Generals Office and the Law and Human Rights Ministry.

"We will hold a meeting to discuss the possibility of threats," he added.

"Intelligence units and weapons will be ready. Special unit commanders must also be prepared," he stated.

The TNI, Moeldoko remarked, supported the Presidents efforts to eradicate drugs.

"We understand the risks that drugs pose to our younger generation. We fully support the governments policies in any form, including the death penalty for drug dealers," he emphasized.

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were sentenced to death in 2006 for leading a drug trafficking group, "Bali Nine."

The members of the group were arrested in 2005 from an airport and hotel in Bali when they were attempting to smuggle 8.2 kilograms of heroin.

Earlier, on Wednesday morning, Australian Premier Tony Abbott made a statement that Indonesia should remember that Australia had granted a US$1-billion aid package for the rehabilitation of the victims of the 2004 tsunami in Aceh.

The country should reciprocate that gesture by sparing the lives of two Australian citizens facing execution for smuggling drugs, he added.

Responding to Abbots statement, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministrys spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir stated that Premier Tony Abbotts remarks did not suit diplomatic language as he linked the Australian aid for tsunami victims with sparing the lives of two Bali Nine members.

Nasir noted during a press briefing here on Wednesday that he had not read or studied Abbotts comments on tsunami aid but understood that he made reference to "the issue in Indonesia."

"I hope the statement made (by Tony Abbott) does not reflect the true colors of Australian people," he said.

Nasir added that Indonesia did not want to speculate on Australias diplomatic reaction to the execution of Bali Nine drug smugglers, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, whose clemency pleas had been rejected by President Joko Widodo.

"I do not want to speculate what Australia will do; but, threats cannot be part of diplomatic language and no one responds well to threats," he pointed out.

On Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 17), Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi stated that the death penalty imposed by the Indonesian Supreme Court was plain law enforcement and not directed against a particular country or the nationals of certain countries.

Minister Marsudi also emphasized that an emergency situation has been declared in Indonesia due to a rampant rise in drug trafficking, which is believed to have social and economic repercussions on the country.

"The issue has reached a critical stage where international drug trafficking networks have turned Indonesia into one of the worlds largest market for drugs. I think I have made myself very clear on this issue," she remarked.