Australia seeks Indonesia prisoner swap as executions loom




 
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March 5th, 2015  
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Topic: Australia seeks Indonesia prisoner swap as executions loom


By Lincoln Feast SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's foreign minister said on Thursday she had proposed a prisoner swap to her Indonesian counterpart in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face a firing squad within days. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ratcheted up diplomatic tension between Australia and Indonesia following repeated pleas for mercy on their behalf. Also facing execution are citizens of France, Brazil, the Philippines, Ghana and Nigeria, as well as Indonesia.




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