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Australia PM 'revolted' at
03 Mar 2015 22:10
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was "revolted" by the imminent execution of two Australians by Indonesia, as armoured cars apparently carrying the two men left a Bali jail.
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Mr Abbott has repeatedly called for Jakarta to halt the killings of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called 'Bali Nine' drug trafficking gang.
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But his appeals have fallen on deaf ears, with television pictures showing at least two armoured cars, surrounded by riot police, leaving Bali's Kerobokan jail.
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Australian media said Chan and Sukumaran were believed to be inside.
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The head of the Bali prosecutor's office, Momock Bambang Samiarso, said that once the pair left the prison they would be flown on a military aircraft to the island, where they will face the firing squad.
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Speaking just head of their apparent removal from Kerobokan, Mr Abbott said millions of Australians were sickened by the developments.
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"We abhor drug crime but we abhor the death penalty as well, which we think is beneath a country such as Indonesia," he told ABC radio.
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"We frankly are revolted by the prospect of these executions." Officials are yet to announce a date for the executions, but the transfer appears to indicate it is imminent.
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The men, in their early 30s, were convicted of trying to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia in 2005 and sentenced to death the following year.
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They recently lost their appeals for presidential clemency, typically a death row convict's last chance to avoid execution.
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They are among a group of 10 drug convicts expected to face a firing squad in the upcoming batch of executions.
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Officials have not confirmed the nationalities of the others, although convicts from France, Brazil and the Philippines are among those who recently lost their appeals for presidential clemency.
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