Executions of two Australians loom, as public and government plead for clemency

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As Indonesia prepares to take the lives of two Australian drug smugglers, the Australian government is making a last ditch attempt to save them.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are on death row for attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilograms of heroin out of the country and into Australia in 2005. They were the ringleaders in a smuggling ring consisting of nine Australians, dubbed the “Bali Nine”, and therefore the only ones to face the death penalty when convicted in 2006.

The clemency plea from the Australian government seems to be falling on deaf ears, as Indonesian officials confirmed Monday they will go ahead as planned with the transfer of the men this week to the prison on the island where the executions take place. Read more…

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