President Dilma Rousseff expressed Saturday her dismay and indignation after learning of the execution of Brazilian Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira in Indonesia and recalled her country's ambassador to Jakarta for consultations.
President Dilma Rousseff learned, to her dismay and indignation, about the execution of Marco Archer, sentenced to death for drug trafficking. Meanwhile another Brazilian, Rodrigo Mexfeldt Gularte, is being held on death row in an Indonesian jail waiting for the date to be set for his execution by firing squad.
The communiqué confirmed that Archer, the first Brazilian to be executed in another country, was shot at 3:31 p.m. Brazilian time, after spending a little more than 11 years behind bars.
Rousseff responded in a note that aware of the seriousness of the crimes that led to Archer's sentencing and respecting Indonesia's sovereignty and justice system, she spoke by telephone Friday with Indonesian Prime Minister Joko Widodo to ask for clemency.
The president deeply regrets that this last request, which followed so many others made in recent years, was not accepted by the Indonesian head of government, the note said.
According to Rousseff, the death penalty, which global society increasingly condemns, gravely affects relations between Brazil and Indonesia.
In her message, the president sent her condolences to the mourning family and ended by saying that the Brazilian ambassador in Jakarta has been recalled to Brasilia for consultations.
Some Indonesian television scenes, reproduced Saturday in Brazil, show some of the Archer family as they entered the prison for a final visit.
According to the local Brazilian press, among the things they were carrying was a dish of Portuguese salt cod known as bacalao, which the prisoner had requested along with other last wishes.
Also aired was a video shot this week by Archer himself in jail.
This is a very difficult moment for me, the Brazilian said. I'm suffering. I know I made a mistake and committed a grave error, but I think I deserve another chance because everyone makes a mistake sometime.
He also begs pardon and expresses his wish to show young people that drugs only take you to prison or to your death.
With his last words, he confesses what he feels about his imminent execution: I will blindfold myself and the firing squad will shoot me. But I have hope. My life cannot end this way, so dramatically”.