Indonesia brushes off tourism warning over Bali Nine

2015-02-17 10:13

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Jakarta - Indonesia brushed off a warning that the expected executions of two Australian men on death row for drug trafficking could prompt Australians to stop visiting the country, reports said on Tuesday.

Indonesia's Attorney General's Office said on Monday it would move Andrew Chan, 31 and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, this week from a prison on Bali to an island prison complex off Java for execution.

"I believe Australians are smart enough to decide where they would want to go for holiday," Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency Antara.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said last week that the executions of Chan and Sukumaran could have consequences for Indonesia's tourism sector.

Hundreds of thousands of Australians visit Bali every year.

Marsudi said Indonesia understood Australia's opposition to the death penalty, but it is within Jakarta's sovereign right to carry out the executions.

The Australian government has appealed to Indonesia to spare Chan and Sukumaran, saying their executions would be "a grave injustice".

No date for the executions has been announced.

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