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    The two Australian drug smugglers sentenced to death in Indonesia were handed on Saturday a notice that they may be executed in 72 hours' time, Sky News broadcaster reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Australian nationals Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, are the two members of the so-called Bali Nine. They were arrested in Bali, Indonesia, in 2005 for attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilograms (18 pounds) of heroin. The remaining seven members of the group, all Australians, have received prison sentences of varying lengths in Indonesia.

    Under Indonesian law, the authorities must issue 72-hour execution notice to the convicts. However, no specific date for the execution has been announced.

    Sky News quoted Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as saying that it is not too late for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to show mercy to the two men.

    The planned executions of the Australians have strained diplomatic ties between Australia, which does not have the death penalty, and Indonesia.



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