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Bali Nine executions: Australian drug smugglers say goodbye to their families ahead of execution by firing squad

By Lizzie Dearden

One of the two Australian men due to be executed in Indonesia is reportedly planning to refuse a blindfold when he faces the firing squad.

A friend of Myuran Sukumaran, 34, said he wants to look his killers in the eye when he dies and does not want his mother “to think he's a weeping mess” in his final moments.

He and Andrew Chan, 31, are expected to have their death sentences carried out overnight after almost 10 years in prison in Indonesia for drug smuggling.

They are expected to be shot dead by a firing squad in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to a local funeral director who said he was instructed to inscribe their names and the date of death on crosses. Bali Nine pair face execution

The Indonesian government has not confirmed the time but gave the pair the legally required 72 hours' notice of their executions on Saturday, meaning they could go ahead as early as tonight.

Sukumaran and Chan refused to sign their own execution warrants on Saturday, saying their deaths would be unjust, as Australia continued last-minute attempts to save them.

Indonesian authorities dismissed claims judges in their case offered to take bribes for more lenient sentences, saying that even if corruption was found it would not affect the death sentences.

Source: Independent

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