Death row pair bound for Indonesia’s ‘Alcatraz’

THE two Australians on death row in Indonesia are soon to be transferred to a prison known as Indonesia's Alcatraz.

The head of the Bali prosecutors' office confirmed late yesterday that Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be taken to the maximum security Batu prison on Nusakambangan, a penal island.

The name of the jail, built in 1925, means stone prison.

Ten officers from the paramilitary force Brimob will escort the two men to Nusakambangan.

Momock Bambang Samiarso said the transfer would definitely happen this week.

"It will be a chartered commercial flight on a plane that will seat 20 to 30 people," he said.

"We are still working out the details."

Mr Samiarso said he would notify the families as soon as possible.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said yesterday he had made a further plea for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's lives to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Mr Abbott said he felt "sick in the pit of my stomach" when he thought about what was happening.

A judge involved in handing down the death sentence to the two drug smugglers has denied allegations there was political intervention or bribery in the case.

Attorney-General spokesman Tony Spontana said that condemned drug felons from Bali's infamous Kerobokan jail, where Chan and Sukumaran are on death row, will be the first transferred.

They would be joined by felons from prisons in Madiun and Yogyakarta.

"Only after everybody is gathered at Nusakambangan will the D-day be decided," Mr Spontana said.

Eleven prisoners on death row for drug and murder charges are expected to be killed in the second round of executions this year.


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