Posted: 4 March, 2015
Execution Looms For Bali Nine Duo
The Bali Nine duo have just left Kerobokan prison and are on their way to Denpasar airport in two police barricuda vehicles.
Bali Nine co-ring leaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are inside.
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Their journey of the island has begun a little earlier than expected- now transported from their prison cell to the Indonesian island of Nusakambangan, but the date of their executions is waiting confirmation.
Just earlier, there were more than 100 Indonesian police on guard outsite Kerobokan prison as Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran prepared for the firing squad.
The Riot squad police were lined up in front of the jail, wearing full riot gear and shields.
Armoured military vehicles turned up and all roads around the jail have been closed.
Police positioned a water cannon outside the jail.
Bali’s chief prosecutor, Momock Bambang Samiarso arrived at the jail to supervise the transfer.
Under heavy guard it seems the pair have been taken in armoured personnel carriers straight to Denpasar airport.
From there, they will be flying on a military jet to the port town across the water from the execution Island.
Two helicopters will be on standby to transfer the men on a short flight to Nusakambangan island prison, called 'Indonesia's Alcatraz.'
The men will be in individual cells and given 72 hours notice before they are killed.
At some point in the middle of the night they will be taken out, tied to a post, with a cross put on their heart and a team of shooters will aim for their heart.
Prison officials have been told to get ready to discharge the two Australians.
It will be the day the Sydney pair and their families had been dreading since being sentenced to death for the failed 2005 Bali Nine heroin smuggling plot.
The lawyers for the men are asking for their lives to be spared, and to spend them in jail.
So far, all plans Indonesian officials have announced for the executions have been delayed.
The two Bali Nine members were due to be taken away to the island last month before the move was postponed.
Meanwhile at midnight, a handful of former art students of Sukumaran and other supporters of the duo held a small prayer vigil at the prison door.
They lit candles and remained in silence.