Law Council of Australia president John North thinks so. The nation's peak law body today criticised the Federal Police and the government for building a case against the nine despite protocol and the law dictating support not be given if the death penalty is the ultimate outcome.
"The AFP would clearly know that drug smuggling in Indonesia in cases like these carries the death penalty," North said. "If they know that they are in Indonesia and they are going to get charged, then they are going to get shot."
Is Australia sacrificing long cherished and proper legal channels in the name of forging closer ties with Jakarta? It's hard to conclude otherwise.