Anguished families say goodbye before Indonesia executions


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The families of 2 Australian convicts facing execution in Indonesia paid an anguished final visit to their loved ones Tuesday, wailing in grief as ambulances carrying empty white coffins arrived at their prison.

The family members of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, ringleaders of the “Bali Nine” heroin trafficking group, arrived at Nusakambangan prison calling for mercy for their loved ones, with Sukumaran’s sister collapsing and having to be carried.

Chan and Sukumaran are among 9 prisoners — 8 of whom are foreigners, 1 Indonesian — facing death after authorities gave them final notice of their executions.

The families have been asked to say their final goodbyes by Tuesday afternoon as signs were mounting that the death sentences would carried out by early Wednesday.

Australian media have published photos of crosses that will be used for the coffins, inscribed with Wednesday’s date, 29.04.2015.

The convicts, who have been held in isolation cells since the weekend, also include nationals from Brazil, the Philippines and Nigeria. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has signaled his determination to push on with the executions despite mounting international condemnation.

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