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Indonesia executions to go ahead
05 Mar 2015 11:11
Indonesia's security minister has said that Jakarta will press ahead with the execution of two Australian drug smugglers and other foreign convicts, ruling out an offer of a prisoner swap put forward by Canberra.
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"In accordance with the president's order, the death penalty handed to the convicts will still be conducted," Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno told reporters in Jakarta.
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Attorney-General Muhammad Prasetyo was also cited in local media rejecting the offer.
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"The offer is not balanced and relevant to what we are going to do," he told the Tempo news website.
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He said that the foreign minister had told him about the offer, adding: "I said the offer was hard to fulfill and need not be considered."
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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop proposed the swap in an 11th-hour bid to save Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug smuggling gang, who were sentenced to death for trying to traffic heroin out of Indonesia.
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The pair were moved to an island where they are due to be executed and could face a firing squad within days.
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