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Australia Floats Prisoner Swap To Save Indonesia Pair - Yahoo News

Sydney (AFP) - Australia on Thursday suggested a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an 11th hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, while voicing "deep concern" about visit here Jakarta's international reputation if they are killed. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug trafficking gang, could be shot within days after being moved on Wednesday to the Indonesian island where they are due to face a firing squad. Authorities must give convicts 72 official website hours' notice before they are executed and in a last-ditch effort to save them Foreign Minister Julie Bishop proposed a prisoner swap. She said she had spoken to her counterpart Retno Marsudi in what was reportedly "a very tense phone call". "I've spoken to her on a number of occasions about this, and I wanted to explore any other avenues or opportunities to save the lives of these two young men who have been so remarkably rehabilitated," Bishop told ABC radio. "She undertook to pass on my comments to the president. View gallery Indonesian police vehicles carrying Australians on death row Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, arriv "I didn't go into any specific detail but I did note there were Australian prisoners in Jakarta and there were Indonesian prisoners in Australia and that we should explore some opportunity, a prison swap, a transfer, whether that could be done under Indonesian law." The Sydney Morning Herald reported that any deal could involve three Indonesians in prison in Australia over their role in an infamous 1998 drug bust.
More: http://news.yahoo.com/australia-pm-attends-vigil-indonesia-death-row-inmates-214208980.html

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