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Sunday 4 December 2016

Bali Nine: Indonesia has executed eight prisoners

Published 28/04/2015 | 19:06

Australian drug traffickers on death row Myuran Sukumaran, left, and Andrew Chan during their trial in Bali in 2006 (AP)
Australian drug traffickers on death row Myuran Sukumaran, left, and Andrew Chan during their trial in Bali in 2006 (AP)

The Indonesian government has executed eight people for drug offences, including Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

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Amnesty International confirmed that Indonesia carried out the executions by firing squad.

A last minute reprieve is believed to have been issued for Mary Jane Velosa after Maria Kristina Sergio, the woman who allegedly recruited Ms Veloso to be a drugs courier, turned herself into police in the Philippines on Monday.

This reprieve is believed to have come following an appeal from the Filipino government, who asked for a “suspension of execution of the death sentence” for Ms Veloso so that she could act as a witness against Ms Sergio.

The Philippines department of foreign affairs confirmed that Mary Jane Veloso was not executed along with the other prisoners tonight, but refuses to comment on reports that Ms Veloso's death sentence had only been postponed.

Read more: Death row Briton 'deeply saddened' by executions

Michael Chan, brother of Andrew, one of the Australian men executed tonight, played tribute to his brother on Twitter.

"I have just lost a Courageous brother to a flawed Indonesian legal system. I miss you already RIP my Little Brother," he wrote.

Ambulances carrying coffins arrived at a prison earlier today, and relatives of the eight men executed were allowed to a paid final visits to their condemned loved ones.

Indonesia insisted it would execute eight foreigners and one Indonesian man on drug charges, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy.

Top row from left, Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, Frenchman Serge Atlaoui and Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte. Bottom row from left. Nigerian Raheem Agbaje Salami, Filipina Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, and Nigerian Silvester Obiekwe Nwolise (AP)
Top row from left, Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, Frenchman Serge Atlaoui and Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte. Bottom row from left. Nigerian Raheem Agbaje Salami, Filipina Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, and Nigerian Silvester Obiekwe Nwolise (AP)

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