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December 16th, 2014
07:16 PM ET

Australian Amb. on Sydney siege: 'Two lovely people' victims of an 'utter rat bag'

(CNN) - The Australian Ambassador to U.S. decried the "truly horrific" act of terrorism at a Sydney cafe on Monday, which left two hostages dead and four others wounded following a 16-hour standoff.

"These two lovely people and that utter rat bag. It’s truly horrific," Ambassador Kim Beazley remarked to CNN's Jake Tapper.

The victims, Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, died heroically, as one sought to protect a pregnant woman and the other attempted to take on the gunman, according to some reports. Man Haron Monis, an ISIS sympathizer and self-proclaimed Islamic cleric, was responsible for the attack.

Though Australia is "not innocent" of the threat terrorism poses, the Ambassador concedes the country must improve their capabilities to handle such attacks.

"You can see in the response it’s not what we expect in Australia," Beazley remarked. "We are well prepared in many ways, but we weren’t well prepared enough for this particular man in this particular place and that will require investigation."

And when pressed by Tapper as to how the gunman, a man who was arrested for accessory to murder for killing his ex-wife, would be walking the street, Beazley acknowledged the government must reevaluate legal statutes.

"[The New South Wales government] are in the process of changing aspects related to bonds and bail and to toughen them up. I suppose the presumption of innocence issues - which are as strong in our laws as they are in yours - means that a fellow charged with, say, accessory to murder might find themselves out, but the balance of things that he had been charged with may have suggested to a magistrate that they keep him in. That’s something that has to be looked at."

For more of our interview with Ambassador Beazley, watch the video above.

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