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Australia in bid over Bali pair
27 Apr 2015 09:09
Australia made a last-minute plea for a stay in the imminent execution of two Australian drug traffickers in Indonesia, saying that reports their trial had been tainted by corruption needed to be investigated.
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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the allegations that judges requested money to commute the death sentences for the pair were "very serious".
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She called into question the integrity of the sentencing process.
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Indonesia's foreign ministry hit back, saying Australia needed to show proof of alleged corruption and questioned why concerns were being only raised now instead of ten years ago.
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Armanatha Nasir, spokesman for Indonesia's foreign ministry, said Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan have been given all the legal avenues to challenge their death sentences.
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The two are among nine drug convicts, including others from Brazil and Nigeria, due to be executed by firing squad as soon as tomorrow night.
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