Nine await execution in Indonesia, as foreign hopes for reprieve fade




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By Kanupriya Kapoor

CILACAP, Indonesia, – Nine drug traffickers met their families for what could be the final time at an Indonesian maximum prison on Tuesday, after Jakarta rejected international pleas for clemency and ordered their executions proceed, possibly within hours.

The death penalties imposed on eight foreigners and an Indonesian have been condemned by the , and strained ties between neighbours Australia and Indonesia.

Security at the prison heightened and religious counsellors, doctors and the firing squad were alerted to start final preparations for the execution of the four , two Australians, an Indonesian, a Brazilian and a Filipina.

“We’re hoping for a miracle,” Marites Veloso, the sister of death-row inmate Mary Jane Veloso of the Philippines, told reporters as she entered the prison for a final visit.

*(Reuters)*