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Australia Floats Prisoner Swap To Save Indonesia Pair - Yahoo News

Authorities must give convicts 72 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. They (visit) were named as Kristito Mandagi, Saud Siregar and Ismunandar, the captain, chief officer and engineer respectively of a boat carrying 390 kilograms (860 pounds) of heroin that was seized near (visit) Port Macquarie, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) go here now north of Sydney. 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 - 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.
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