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Australia Floats Prisoner Swap To Save Indonesia Pair - Yahoo News

Bishop's comments followed an impromptu bipartisan candlelight vigil for the pair outside the country's parliament in Canberra early Thursday, also attended by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten and dozens of MPs. - Global implications - link View gallery A boat delivers Indonesian police armored vehicles carrying Australians on death row Andrew Chan and Abbott, who on Wednesday expressed revulsion at the looming deaths, said he had requested a final telephone call with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to again push for the men to be spared. "I can't guarantee that the request will be met," he said, while urging Indonesia to "pull back from this brink". "Don't just realise what is in your own best interests, but realise what is in your own best values," he said in parliament. Canberra has made more than 20 representations to Indonesian officials since January regarding the pair but Widodo has been unswayed, insisting Indonesia was facing an "emergency" due to rising narcotics use and a tough line must be taken. Bishop warned Chan and Sukumaran's execution would have implications, not just in Australia but globally. "Of course, I'm deeply concerned about the impact of these executions not just on the Australian relationship with Indonesia but on Indonesia's reputation worldwide," she said. "The movement against the death penalty is very strong. "The sense of injustice of state-sponsored killings is very real, and we have been sending source a message to Indonesia that its international standing will be damaged if it continues to execute successive numbers of citizens." Chan and Sukumaran, sentenced to death in 2006 for trying to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia, recently lost their appeals for presidential clemency, typically the last chance to avoid the firing squad.
More: http://news.yahoo.com/australia-pm-attends-vigil-indonesia-death-row-inmates-214208980.html

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