Australian Bali Nine inmates to be transferred ahead of execution

Australian Bali Nine inmates to be transferred ahead of execution

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Indonesian authorities have approved the transfer of two Australian drug smuggler out of their Bali prison, in preparation for their execution.

Convicted Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are facing death by firing squad, after a number of appeals for clemency have failed.

The Bali Prosecutors office has confirmed overnight, it has received permission from the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to transfer the men out of Kerobokan prison, to take them away for execution.

Head of the prosecutor’s office Momock Bamdang Samirso says a meeting will be held today to discuss the final logistics, and the execution will take place soon.

“The permit to transfer the prisoners has been received. We are going to transfer [them] and conduct execution as soon as possible,” Mr Momock said.

It’s expected the men will be taken to a maximum security prison in the Central Java province, where the executions will take place.

Indonesian Attorney General Muhammed Prasetyo will then give the official notice, three days prior to the executions.

Mr Momock says Chan and Sukumaran’s families will be allowed to make a final visit.

“We will inform the families and inmates a few days before the transfer,” he said.

The announcement comes after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her Opposition counterpart Tanya Plibersek moved a motion in Parliament yesterday, calling for a stay in execution for the two men.

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