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PNG Prime Minister Peter O’NEILL has expressed his condolences towards the families of the 8 individuals who were executed this morning in Indonesia.
He admitted that such news stories do stir much emotional debate amongst our citizens, but had leaned towards a country that was simply carrying out its laws in protecting its country and the people.
“ As you know Indonesia has stringent laws against drug dealing and as a result of that, the two Australians were executed this morning, but we do understand the emotional pain that their families have been put through at this time and offer our condolences , “ he said
“We also need to respect the fact that Indonesia has a massive drug problem and they are looking at ways of mitigating these issues, and while taking this path, death penalty is one of the measures that it has taken to protect itself,” he added.
He also said that PNG has also adopted provisions to carry out the death penalty and the Government has appreciated the concerns of churches and NGO’s who have been involved in such debate and he believes it is timely that we review our laws.
“ At this day and age, we have other measures that can be accorded as punishment for various offences and not necessarily taking one’s life,” he added.

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