Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Axl Rose slams Indonesian President over executions

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose is slamming the actions of Indonesian President Joko Widodo over the executions of two Australians and six others on decade-old drug charges on Wednesday.

Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran and six others were executed by a firing squad on Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap in Central Java.

Rose wrote a lengthy letter of appeal to Widodo asking the President to intervene in the face of international calls to halt the executions, while also requesting the same for Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, who managed to earn a reprieve from the killings.

"It's deeply troubling President Widodo ignoring International outcry went thru w/8 of the executions,” said Rose in the first of a series of tweets. “Let's pray Miss Veloso's reprieve is permanent."

"Widodo's refusal 2 postpone the executions until all legal challenges n' investigations of corruption r resolved is inexcusable,” continued the singer.

"4 Widodo 2 b out of the country during his big statement refusing 2 take calls or read any last minute pleas 4 the condemned is cowardice.”

"The People of Indonesia deserve better," added Rose.

Rose joined many others in contacting the Indonesian President in an attempt to sway the recently-elected politician from moving forward with the murders over alleged crimes that took place long before he came to power.

Media reports confirm Australia has recalled their Indonesian Ambassador from the capital city of Jakarta over the incident, while Brazil made a similar move in January over an earlier execution.

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