Raji Sukumaran (2nd L), the mother of Australian death row prisoner Myuran Sukumaran, arrives with relatives at the Nusakambangan port in Cilacap to visit the Nusakambangan maximum security prison island on April 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD
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Nine await execution in Indonesia, as foreign hopes for reprieve fadeNine drug traffickers met their families for what could be the final time at an Indonesian maximum security prison Tuesday, after Jakarta rejected international pleas for clemency and ordered their executions to proceed, possibly within hours. The death penalties imposed on eight foreigners and an Indonesian have been condemned by the United Nations, and strained ties between neighbours Australia and Indonesia. The pending executions have strained Indonesia's relations with Australia, Nigeria and Brazil, which will likely worsen after the death sentences are carried out.Indonesia has harsh punishments for drug crimes and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap.The Constitutional Court Monday agreed to hear a final challenge by the Australian pair, but the government said the executions would not be delayed any longer.
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