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Eight of the 'Bali Nine' executed by firing squad

Eight drug convicts were executed by an Indonesian firing squad today with an unexpected reprieve for a Filipina inmate.

The eight were Indonesian Zainal Abidin, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerians Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze and Ghanaian Martin Anderson.

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines was spared, local media reported.

The Jakarta Post reported that the Attorney General's Office confirmed the executions had taken place.

Execution of 'Bali Nine' imminent as last visitors arrive

Australia consulate to Bali Majell Hind and other officials arrive in Nusakambangan Credit: RTV

Family members and lawyers for nine death row convicts who are due to be executed at midnight tonight (6pm GMT) by firing squad in Indonesia visited the maximum security prison where they are held today.

They are set to bring out the remains of the 'Bali Nine' after their execution by firing squad in the maximum security prison.

Security at the prison island was increased as executions are set to take place tonight Credit: RTV

Among the last visitors to the prison island Nusakambangan were the Australia consulate to Bali Majell Hind, Australian lawyer Julian McMahon who represents Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and family members and Brazilian officials for inmate Rodrigo Gularte.

President Joko Widodo has rejected all clemency pleas and pledged no forgiveness for the drug traffickers despite widespread vigils and protests.

A candlelit vigil was held in Manila today for Filipina Mary Jane Veloso who is also facing execution Credit: Reuters

The death penalties have been condemned by the United Nations, and strained ties between Indonesia and neighbour Australia, Brazil and Nigeria.


Australian pair have death row appeals rejected

An court in Indonesia has rejected a last-ditch challenges by Australian Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who are facing execution by fire squad over drug smuggling.

Australian death row prisoners Andrew Chan (C) and Myuran Sukumaran. Credit: Reuters

In 2006, the pair were convicted of ringleading a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia.

Their lawyer says they will file a legal challenge to the Indonesian Constitutional Court in the hopes of delaying their execution.

"We will continue our legal efforts," lawyer Leonard Arpan told reporters shortly after an Indonesian court rejected an appeal against the president's decision to refuse them clemency.

The attorney general's office has said there were no further legal avenues to avoid the death penalty after today's decision.


Indonesia rejects calls to pardon 11 foreign convicts

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has rejected calls for clemency for foreign convicts. Credit: Reuters/Olivia Harris

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has rejected calls from foreign countries, including Australia and France, to show clemency for 11 foreign convicts on death row.

Preident Widodo said no foreign country should intervene in the country's right to use the death penalty and added that the scheduled executions of 11 foreign convicts will not be delayed.

President Widodo said he took calls from the leaders of France, Brazil and the Netherlands about the death penalty.

But he told reporters: "The first thing I need to say firmly is that there shouldn't be any intervention towards the death penalty because it is our sovereign right to exercise our law".

Indonesia to investigate AirAsia flight schedules

Indonesia's transport ministry will investigate all Indonesia AirAsia flight schedules from Monday, a government official told Reuters, as part of a government probe into the passenger jet that crashed.

"We are going to investigate all AirAsia flight schedules," Djoko Muratmodjo, acting general director for air navigation in the transport ministry said. "Hopefully we can start on next Monday. We won't focus on licences, just schedules."

"It might be possible to revoke AirAsia's license in Indonesia," Muratmodjo added.

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