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June 18, 2011 by staff 

Bali IndonesiaBali Indonesia, Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, on Saturday pledged to intervene to appeal for clemency in the case of a convicted drug dealer to death in Indonesia. Andrew Chan, 27, learned Friday that he had lost an appeal against his death sentence on a 2005 plot to smuggle eight kilograms (18 pounds) of heroin into Australia from the Indonesian island of Bali.

It was one of the smuggling gangs called “Bali Nine”, two of who are on death row. The rest are serving long sentences of life within.

Ms Gillard said Australia strongly opposes the death penalty and would go as far as possible to try to get Chan penalty commuted.

“I’ll be happy to do whatever it takes to put as strongly as we can in the request for clemency for Andrew Chan, including participating personally myself,” said Tariceanu.

“We will work with Andrew Chan and his family and their legal representatives to ensure we have the strongest possible statement of clemency for him.” Australia, relations with Indonesia have been tested in recent weeks by a ban on live exports, driven by popular anger in a documentary showing graphic cruelty in the Southeast Asian nation

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