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Indonesia: Bali 9 await execution
28 Apr 2015 12:12
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has criticised Indonesia's "chaotic" handling of the execution of nine prisoners, including eight foreigners, saying there would be "consequences" if the killings were carried out.
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Two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, are among those being held at the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan, where they are expected to be put to death by firing squad in several hours.
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"I think the ghastly process that the family have been put through today just underscores how chaotic this has been," Ms Bishop told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
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"They do deserve respect and they do deserve to have dignity shown to them at this time of unspeakable grief. But that doesn't seem to have been extended to them at this time."
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The families had to push through a huge scrum of journalists when they arrived at Cilacap, the town that serves as the gateway to Nusakambangan, to visit the two men.
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Sukumaran's sister Brintha collapsed into the arms of family members who had to carry her.
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Ms Bishop said her government had made several requests to the Indonesian government, including asking for formal notifications on when the executions would take place, but had not received any response.
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"They have not responded to any of our requests and there are a number of outstanding requests to which we have still not yet received a response," the minister said.
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She added that she was "very dismayed" and "deeply disturbed at some of the aspects of how this has been handled".
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Ms Bishop said "there will be have to be consequences" if the two Australians were executed, but would not provide any details.
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Australian media have speculated the government could recall its ambassador from Jakarta.
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