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Bali 9 Duo Executions ‘Will Not Be This Week’

After the Bali nine ring leaders, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were transferred to execution island, Nusakambangan, yesterday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has confirmed that the executions will not be held this week, but will be very soon.

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There has been immense public pressure on Australian authorities to have the executions dismissed. When President Joko was asked about dismissing the executions, he said he could not discriminate between people from different countries, despite evidence that the two Australians have been rehabilitated.

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"I think the decision (to execute Chan and Sukumaran) was already taken by the court," he said during an interview with al-Jazeera.

The lawyers of Chan and Sukumaran have desperately appealed the previous rejection of their mercy pleas, arguing that Indonesian authorities did not consider their cases on an individual bases or recognise the prisoners reformation.

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It was made known recently that Present Joko didn't actually realise the Bali nine were arrested trying to smuggle 8.3 kilograms of heroin into Australia rather than into Indonesia.

When asked what his thoughts on the death penalty are personally, Mr Joko said to take a look at the 4.5 million people in Indonesia whose lives are "in ruin" because of drugs.

"If you come to drug rehabilitation centres, you will see the effect drugs have on these people. You don't just look at the people who sell the drugs, you also have to look at their victims."

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Chan and Sukumaran were transferred yesterday to the execution island, Nusakambangan in a show of might. The streets around the prison were blocked off with riot squads, the pair were flown to Cilacap airport, the closest town to Nusakambangan accompanied by two fighter jets, and were driven to the port where they would board a ferry, with a long convoy of police and military vehicles. 

They will be given 72 hours notice of their deaths.

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Attorney-General H.M Praseyto was asked when the executions will take place to which he answered "We will see." He said he was waiting on the confirmation of the killing field, the firing squad and the religious counsellors who will be present during the execution.

He has reiterated that the executions will be held as soon as possible due to the unsettling effect it has on the other prisoners on the island.

"We want to show the world that Indonesia is truly trying hard to fight drugs," Mr Prasetyo said.

A friend of Chan, known as Sami, told 9News that he has been texting Chan as recent as Monday night. He revealed that Chan never thought the execution would never actually happen. Despite recent events he has remained in good spirits Sami said, writing to him "all good bro." 

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Sami said, "He's always positive, but i think he was really expecting the Australian government to do a lot more." 

The death penalty in Indonesia is carried out by a firing squad made up of 12 people. The prisoners has the choice of standing or sitting and whether they want to have their eyes covered by a blindfold or hood. Out of the 12 executioners only 3 will have their riffles loaded with live ammunition, while the other nine are loaded with blanks. The squad fires from a distance of between 5 and 10 metres.  Executions are held out of the public view. 

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Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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