Bali Nine leaders given notice of their execution

THE Australian Government continues to plead to Indonesian authorities to spare the lives of Bali Nine pair, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who have been given official notice of their executions.

Their deaths could be days away after the men were notified that they would face the firing squads in at least 72 hours.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said it was not too late for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to have a change of heart.

"I am asking of President Widodo what he asks of other countries in relation to Indonesian citizens who face death row overseas," she said.

The men's lawyer Julian McMahon showed paintings Sukumaran had recently created, including one made after he found out about the imminent execution.

It was titled "Self portrait, 72 hours just started".

Shadow opposition leader Tanya Plibersek said executing Chan and Sukumaran would weaken Indonesia's ability to plead for mercy for nearly 230 of its own citizens who are facing execution around the world.

The mens' families will be able to visit them in prison everyday from 9am-5pm until the end.

Sukumaran's sister, Brintha, made a YouTube clip pleading for authorities to spare her brother's life.

"From the bottom of my heart, please President Widodo have mercy on my brother ... change punishment for humanity," she said.

Topics:  andrew chan bali nine execution myuran sukumaran

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