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24 April 2015

Bali nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran could be executed within days: lawyer

Awaiting execution: Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Australian Embassy representatives have been told to go Nusakambangan - the death island where drug-smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are being held.

Jakarta: The Bali nine duo are expected to be killed within days with the Australian Embassy summoned to Nusakambangan - the island where the executions will take place - on Saturday.

The Indonesian government gives 72 hours notice to felons, their families, lawyers and governments before the executions take place.

Attorney General spokesman Tony Spontana has confirmed that the prosecutor in charge of the execution on Thursday received the order to carry out the executions.

The lawyer for one of the Nigerians on death row said the Australian and Nigerian embassies had received a letter from the Foreign Ministry telling them to be in Nusakambangan on Saturday for a meeting.

Lawyer Karim Utomo told Fairfax Media he believed that would mean the executions would take place three days after the meeting. He thought the executions would be on Monday or Tuesday.

Fairfax Media understands representatives from the countries whose nationals face execution are scrambling to fly to Indonesia.

Mr Karim, who represented condemned felon Brazilian Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira who was killed in the January 18 executions, said the last time the embassies had been summoned they were told the time of the executions.

He said the Brazilian embassy had been notified on Wednesday January 14 and Moreira had been executed on the Saturday night.

Earlier this week president Joko Widodo warned that the execution of 10 drug felons was "only a matter of time" pending the conclusion of their legal processes.

The Attorney-General H.M. Prasetyo has also said Indonesia would wait until the conclusion of the Asia-Africa summit on Friday because it would not be a good look to hold the executions while the country had many guests.

Bali nine organisers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death for their role in the foiled attempt to smuggle 8.3 kilograms of heroin to Australia in 2005.

Lawyers for the Australians have launched a Constitutional Court challenge after exhausting all other legal avenues.

However any ruling made on the country's clemency laws by the Constitutional Court will not be retrospective and the Attorney-General has made it clear the case will not prevent the executions from proceeding.

Frenchman Serge Atlaoui and Ghanian Martin Anderson had their requests for a judicial review rejected by the Supreme Court this week.

Filipina maid Mary Jane Veloso also recently had her request for a judicial review rejected although her lawyers were planning to lodge a second one on Monday.

The Attorney-General's spokesman, Mr Spontana said he was still unable to say when the executions would be held.

He said the office was still waiting for a Supreme Court decision on the case for Indonesian drug smuggler Zainal Abidin.

"If it is rejected the 10 people are complete," Mr Spontana was quoted saying.

As Prime Minister Tony Abbott prepared for a day on the Gallipoli peninsula on the eve of Anzac Day, the possibly imminent execution of the Bali nine duo threatened to eclipse events.

Early on Friday he is scheduled to join the navy frigate HMAS Anzac at Canakkale before heading to the Lone Pine memorial meeting with descendants of Anzacs involved in the campaign.