Bali Nine inmates to be transferred for execution this week

Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Firdia Lisnawati, File


INDONESIAN authorities have confirmed that Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be transferred this week to the island prison where they will be kept before their expected executions.

The attorney-general's spokesman Tony Spontana says that inmates from five different locations will be taken to Nusa Kembangan prison.

It is the first indication from authorities of the timing for the transfers and another step in the process that would put Chan and Sukumaran in front of a firing squad.

They are on death row for coordinating the drug smuggling group known as the Bali Nine.

A meeting is being held in Bali to determine the logistics of transferring the two Australians.

Read more at ABC News.


EARLIER: Lawyers investigate Bali Nine bribes claims

THE lawyers for two Bali Nine men on death row are considering requesting an investigation into allegations judges asked the pair for bribes.

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's former lawyer reportedly recently accused the Indonesian judges of asking for bribes in return for lighter sentences.

Although the men's current lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis said he had no evidence, the men's legal team is considering its options.Another lawyer at the firm reportedly questioned whether the convicted heroin smugglers had a proper hearing if the allegations proved true.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused to comment on the case's legal status on Monday.But he told media he had made "further representations" to Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the men's sentences.

Mr Abbott said he had reminded the Indonesian government while legal options were still available to the pair a government would not normally proceed with the death penalty.

While he condemned the men's offences, he said they did not deserve to die."Like millions of Australians I feel sick in the pit of my stomach when I think about what is quite possibly happening to these youngsters," Mr Abbott said.

It is understood the men's lawyers have already requested a stay from the Indonesian Government on the executions until an appeal has been heard in court.


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