Brazil president Rousseff ‘outraged’ at Indonesian execution of Brazilian

Brazil’s president was “distressed and outraged” after Indonesia defied her repeated pleas and executed one of her countrymen convicted of drug trafficking, a spokesman said Saturday. “President Dilma Rousseff took note — distressed and outraged — at the execution of Brazilian Marco Archer in Indonesia today,” a statement from the spokesman said of the execution, the first of a Brazilian overseas. Indonesia put to death six people convicted of drugs offenses, including five foreigners, in the first executions carried out under new President Joko Widodo. The foreigners hailed from Brazil, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Malawi and Nigeria. Rousseff had appealed personally to the Indonesian president to stop the execution. Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira, 53, from Rio de Janeiro, was convicted of smuggling cocaine into Indonesia in 2004.

President Dilma regrets deeply that this final request, made after several earlier ones, was not heeded by the Indonesian head of state. Using the death penalty, which is increasingly rejected by the international community, seriously affects relations between our countries.

A statement from President Dilma Rousseff’s spokesman