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Indonesia nearly ready to execute 9 foreign drug smugglers as diplomatic tensions rise

  • Philippine national Mary Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, center, is escorted by a court official and a police officer upon arrival for a judicial review hearing at Sleman District Court in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Veloso is among foreign drug convicts who are facing imminent execution despite international appeals for clemency. (AP Photo)

    Philippine national Mary Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, center, is escorted by a court official and a police officer upon arrival for a judicial review hearing at Sleman District Court in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Veloso is among foreign drug convicts who are facing imminent execution despite international appeals for clemency. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS NAME - Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, center, is escorted by a court official and a police officer upon arrival for a judicial review hearing at Sleman District Court in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Veloso is among foreign drug convicts who are facing imminent execution despite international appeals for clemency. (AP Photo)

    CORRECTS NAME - Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, center, is escorted by a court official and a police officer upon arrival for a judicial review hearing at Sleman District Court in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Veloso is among foreign drug convicts who are facing imminent execution despite international appeals for clemency. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michael Chan, a brother of Australian death row prisoner Andrew Chan, leaves a prison after visiting his brother in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Indonesia is nearly ready to execute by firing squad nine foreigners, including Andrew Chan, and an Indonesian condemned for drug smuggling as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions. (AP Phot/Firdia Lisnawati)

    Michael Chan, a brother of Australian death row prisoner Andrew Chan, leaves a prison after visiting his brother in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Indonesia is nearly ready to execute by firing squad nine foreigners, including Andrew Chan, and an Indonesian condemned for drug smuggling as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions. (AP Phot/Firdia Lisnawati)  (The Associated Press)

Indonesia is nearly ready to execute by firing squad nine foreigners condemned for drug smuggling as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions.

Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said Tuesday the preparations at the execution site are complete. Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and two other foreigner convicts will be transferred to Nusakambangan prison this week. Five other foreigners and an Indonesian are already in the prison where all 10 will be executed simultaneously in pairs.

He gave no date for the executions. Bali Prosecutors Chief Momock Sumiarso said Chan and Sukumaran would be transferred Wednesday from their jail in Bali to the prison island off Indonesia's main island of Java.

The inmates are from Australia, Brazil, France, Ghana, Nigeria and the Philippines. Indonesia has refused diplomatic appeals to spare them.