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Indonesia Sentences Two Australians to Death for Drug Smuggling


An Indonesian court has sentenced two Australian men to death by firing squad for leading a drug smuggling ring on the Indonesian island of Bali.

The district court in Bali's provincial capital, Denpasar, said Tuesday that Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were the masterminds of the so-called Bali Nine.

The same court also sentenced Michael Czugaj and Martin Stephens to life in prison Tuesday for their part in the drug smuggling operation.

Two others, Renae Lawrence and Scott Rush, were handed the same sentence on Monday.

The nine Australians were arrested in April of last year for allegedly trying to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia.

The cases are among a series of arrests in Indonesia involving Australians accused of smuggling illegal drugs.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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