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Distraught mother of Australian death row inmate says son will die at midnight

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 01:36

Relatives beg for clemency as Indonesia announces imminent execution of two convicted Australian drug smugglers. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION The mother of Australian, Myuran Sukumaran, on death row in Indonesia says her son will be executed by an Indonesian firing squad at midnight. Outside the prison, after visiting her son for the last time, a sobbing Raji Sukumaran says: "They're going to take him at midnight and shoot him". A brother of the condemned drug smuggler, Chintu Sukumaran, says: "If these nine people die today, tomorrow, next week, next month, it's still not going to stop anything." Sukumaran's sister, Brintha, begs the Indonesian president for clemency. Michael, the brother of a second condemned Australian, Andrew Chan, says: "Today was probably one of the hardest days we will face as a family." Australian's Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, named as ringleaders of the 'Bali Nine' drug-smuggling group, were arrested in 2005 at an airport on the island of Bali for trying to smuggle 8 kg (18 lb) of heroin into Australia. The two are expected to be executed as soon as Tuesday night alongside seven other inmates, despite fierce diplomatic lobbying. Eight of those facing execution are from Australia, Nigeria, Brazil and the Philippines.

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Distraught mother of Australian death row inmate says son will die at midnight

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 01:36