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Australia formally advised of imminent Indonesia executions-foreign minister

28 April 2015 - 41   - 0

SYDNEY, April 28 (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had received a letter from her Indonesian counterpart late on Monday advising her of the imminent execution of two Australian drug traffickers and offering no hope of a reprieve. The two Australians are among nine mainly foreign prisoners scheduled to be executed in Indonesia this week despite last-minute pleas for clemency and an outstanding appeal in the Constitutional Court. [caption id="attachment_74867" align="alignright" width="450"] Bali Nine member Andrew Chan and Febyanti Herewila, who he wed on the eve of his execution.[/caption] "They gave no indication that (Indonesian) President (Joko) Widodo would change his mind and grant the clemency that we have sought," Bishop told the Nine Network on Tuesday. Bishop said she was not given a date or time for the executions of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. Australian media has reported the pair, who are being held on Nusakambangan prison island in central Java, have been told to say their last goodbyes at 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday (0700 GMT) before the executions are carried out just after midnight. Four Nigerians, an Indonesian, a Brazilian and a Filipina have also been told they will soon face the firing squad. The Australian government has pleaded with Indonesia to delay the executions until reports that the pair's trial was tainted by corruption are investigated. A challenge in the Constitutional Court is also due to be heard on May 12. "Both these legal processes could impact on the outcome," Bishop said. "They reflect the integrity of the sentencing process and the clemency process, and so we urge the Indonesian government to allow these legal processes to proceed because of course executions are irrevocable."  

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