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Australian FM fears worst for citizens on Indonesian death row

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 01:12

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she fears the worst about two Australians facing execution on drug charges in Indonesia. Nathan Frandino reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, JULIE BISHOP, SAYING: "I fear the worst, I fear that Indonesia will seek to proceed with the execution of the two Australian citizens." Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is in a race against time. Two Australian citizens are among 10 convicted drug offenders facing execution by firing squad. The group also includes nationals from Brazil, France, Nigeria, Ghana and the Philippines. Indonesia has not given an official 72-hour notice of execution. Attorney general spokesman Tony Spontana says they're waiting on the judicial review of one last case. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) ATTORNEY GENERAL SPOKESMAN, TONY SPONTANA SAYING: "We hope it's either today, or next week, when we receive the result of the judicial review application then we will announce the execution date." Bishop says her country will continue pleading for clemency. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, JULIE BISHOP, SAYING: "Australia opposes the death penalty, whether at home or abroad, and we again appeal to President Widodo to show mercy. He is the leader of a great nation, a dear and close friend of Australia." Indonesia has executed six people so far this year.

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Australian FM fears worst for citizens on Indonesian death row

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 01:12