THEY were criminals. Ringleaders in a plot to smuggle illegal narcotics into Australia.
Convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been executed by a foreign government.
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The Project's Waleed Aly explains how the pair were also "let down" five separate times by Australian authorities, their government, the Indonesian justice system and others.
First the father of a Bali Nine smuggler warned the Australian Federal Police of a possible crime in progress. Rather than act, this information was passed on to Indonesian police, despite "knowing this could end with a bullet through Andrew and Myuran's chests.".
There were the two tiers of corruption -- still under investigation -- that tainted any hope of the Bali Nine smugglers avoiding a death sentence when they went to trial.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo's "obsession" with being thought of as strong let them down again.
Then there was our own Prime Minister Tony Abbott's misstep -- his foot-in-mouth comments about tsunami aid given to Indonesia which, says Mr Aly, was taken as a threat.
Finally, they were robbed of a final showing of respect by Indonesian authorities even as they prepared to die.
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