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8 Of ‘Bali Nine’ Convicts Executed By Firing Squad, 1 Spared

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Indonesia has executed two Australians who had been convicted of drug charges, in a sentence that was was carried out despite global pleas to spare the duo from a firing squad.

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were among those executed early Wednesday, according to the Jakarta Post. A total of eight prisoners were killed in Wednesday’s execution, the Jakarta Post reported.

One Filipino woman received a last-minute reprieve, according to the newspaper.

“We’ve carried out the executions,” an attorney general’s office official told the newspaper, speaking on condition of anonymity.

An ambulance carries the body of one of the eight death-row prisoners who were executed by firing squad
An ambulance carries the body of one of the eight death-row prisoners as it drive out from Nusakambangan Island prison in Cilacap. EPA

Sukumaran and Chan were arrested in Bali a decade ago for recruiting seven others to smuggle heroin from Indonesia into Australia. The other members of the “Bali Nine” received prison terms, but Sukumaran and Chan were sentenced to death.

A group of inmates, including Sukumaran and Chan, were given 72-hour execution notices over the weekend, which intensified last-ditch efforts to win reprieves for the convicts. The Associated Press reported that coffins for the inmates arrived Tuesday, and relatives were allowed to visit.

“We want to send a strong message to drug smugglers that Indonesia is firm and serious in tackling the drug problem, and one of the consequences is execution if the court sentences them to death,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo told Al Jazeera last month.-The Washington Post

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