The world has begun to react to the executions of eight prisoners including Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia overnight.
Speaking hours before the executions, Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop said she was “deeply disturbed” by Indonesia’s handling of the matter and warned there “will have to be consequences”.
Ms Bishop and Prime Minister Tony Abbott followed up with a press conference this morning.
“Australia deeply deeply regrets these executions in Indonesia,” calling them “both cruel and unnecessary,” Mr Abbott said.
He confirmed that Australia’s ambassador will be withdrawn from Indonesia for consultations and that ministerial contacts have been suspended “for some time”, and they would remain suspended “for a period”.
“Whatever people think of the death penalty, whatever people think of drug crime, the fact is these families have suffered a terrible tragfedy and I’m sure every Australians thoughts and prayers will be with those families at this time,” Mr Abbott said.