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Diplomacy in Search of Mercy

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr Seeking Clemency for Remaining Bali Nine Members on Death Row

(3/28/2013) The Australian Press reports that Foreign Minister Bob Carr plans to make a personal appeal for clemency on behalf of the two remaining members of the “Bali Nine” residing on death row at Bali’s Kerobokan prison.

The two Australian men – Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, are awaiting a final decision from Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on their request to have their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment.

Senior officials of Indonesia’s National Narcotics Board are urging the President that the death sentence for Chan be upheld, echoing an earlier recommendation from a Supreme Court Judge.

The Australian government has formally announced that they will take every possible step to see that Chan’s and Sukumaran’s death sentences are commuted.

Bob Carr is raising the cases in meetings with his Indonesian counterpart Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa during his late March visit to Jakarta and Bali.

Chan and Sukumaran were sentenced to death in 2005 after being found guilty of smuggling eight kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia.

After a five-year hiatus, Indonesia recommenced executions by placing Adami Wilson, a Nigerian, before a firing squad.

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