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Confirmed: Indonesia has executed eight men tonight

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and six other men are executed by firing squad, as Filipina Mary Jane Velosa wins a last-minute reprieve.

WATCH: Myuran Sukumaran’s mom plead for mercy on a last minute interview before his impending death by firing squad.

According to the AAP news agency, it could yet be some hours before the Indonesian attorney general makes a statement on the deaths:

Officials on Cilacap have yet to confirm the executions. Attorney general HM Prasetyo will leave Jakarta for Cilacap at 5.30am (08.30 AEST) where he is expected to make a statement, Cabinet secretary Andi Widjajanto said.

But Indonesian media has reported the eight were shot dead at 12.25am (0325 AEST) on the island of Nusakambangan on Wednesday.

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Brother, mother and sister of Myuran Sukumaran, Chintu, Rajiv and Brintha, after saying their last goodbyes on Nusa Kambangan. Photograph: Roni Bintang/AAPIMAGE

The Philippines department of foreign affairs has confirmed to reporters that Mary Jane Veloso was not executed along with the other prisoners tonight.

The reprieve is said to be a temporary one, however.

Earlier today, the Philippines government sent an “extremely urgent” letter to the Indonesian attorney-general asking for a “suspension of execution of the death sentence”.

This followed news that Maria Kristina Sergio, the woman who allegedly recruited Veloso as a (she says unwitting) drugs courier, apparently handed herself into police in the Philippines.

Reports tonight say Veloso’s death sentence has been postponed so that she can act as a witness in any trial of Sergio.


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