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Australia seeks prisoner swap with Indonesia

10:30am IST - 00:52

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she's seeking to discuss a prisoner swap with Indonesia to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers facing execution. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART AUDIO AS INCOMING ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Australian lawmakers held a dawn vigil on Thursday (March 5) as Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said they were seeking an opportunity to discuss a prisoner swap with her Indonesian counterpart in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face a firing squad within days. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ratcheted up diplomatic tension between Australia and Indonesia following repeated pleas for mercy on their behalf. They are among a group of up to 11 convicts, mostly foreigners, due to be executed on the prison island of Nusakambangan. "What we are seeking to do is have an opportunity to talk about options that might be available in the area of prisoner transfer or prisoner swap. Absolutely no details but we are seeking an opportunity to explore every option that might be available to us, every avenue that might be available to save the lives of these two men," Bishop said. Sukumaran and Chan were transferred from Bali's Kerobokan Prison on Wednesday (March 4) to Nusakambangan, which lies off Java. The pair were convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine, and arrested for trying to smuggle 8 kg (18 lb) of heroin to Australia. The seven other members of the gang, all Australians, have been jailed in Indonesia.

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Australia seeks prisoner swap with Indonesia

10:30am IST - 00:52