Bali Nine duo executed 'because they did not convert'
A RADICAL Christian political party has questioned whether Bali Nine members Andrew Chan and Mayuran Sukumaran would have been killed if they had converted to Islam.
Rise Up Australia Party says it totally opposes drug trafficking and supports jail sentences for offenders.
"In the case of Mayuran Sukumaran, Andrew Chan and the six others who were executed yesterday, we call it gross injustice by a corrupt court motivated by Islamic ideology,'' Rise Up Australia said in a statement released on Thursday.
This is despite the religious backgrounds of all those who were executed being different.
The eight killed included at least one who appeared to be Muslim, based on his clothing in prison.
Others of those executed included people from Nigeria, Brazil and Indonesia.
A report by the New York Times details the background of each of them.
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The Rise Up Australia group is headed by Pentecostal pastor Daniel Nalliah and is well known for its opposition to Islam in Australia.
Many of its claims have been questioned - and widely condemned.
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Mr Nalliah compared the treatment of the Bali Nine with those behind the Bali bombings."One of the masterminds and the spiritual advisor behind the 2002 Bali bombing where 88 Aussies died, Abu Bakar Bashir, was released after three to four years in jail.
"Whereas, our two Aussies were tied to a cross and brutally killed (as in the Koran, Sura Chapter 5:33), even after spending 10 years+ in jail. This is gross injustice,'' he said.
"I wonder if Mayuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan had converted to Islam whether they would have not been killed, as Indonesia is the biggest Islamic country in the world.
"Unfortunately, their open declaration of their conversion to Christianity could have made the system work against them.
"I applaud these men for their bold declaration of their Christian faith and that they led the others in singing the hymn Amazing Grace while they were executed.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.
"I have been to Indonesia several times and must state that most Indonesians are peace loving and very hospitable people.
"This is not a reflection of Indonesian people, but of the corrupt justice system in Indonesia."