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Indonesia moves Australians to island for execution

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 01:03

Indonesia transfers two Australian convicts to an island for execution, a move criticised by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Yiming Woo reports.

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These armoured vans are moving two Australian drug smugglers to an Indonesian island for execution by a firing squad. Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine drug gang. They were arrested at the airport in Denpasar for trying to smuggle 8 kilogrammes of heroin to Australia. They've made numerous appeals against their death penalty sentence. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who's repeatedly criticised the planned execution, says they've been rehabilitated in prison. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING: "I think right now millions of Australians are feeling sick in their guts at the prospect of execution for these two. I've been saying again and again that this is contrary to Indonesia's national interest, it's contrary to Indonesia's best values." Indonesian President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to the Australians and nine other convicts on death row. The country has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap.

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Indonesia moves Australians to island for execution

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 01:03