Bali Nine
Myuran Sukumaran (L) and Andrew Chan are seen in a holding cell waiting to attend a review hearing in the District Court of Denpasar on the Indonesian island of Bali, in this October 8, 2010 picture taken by Antara Foto.Reuters

Indonesia snubbed Australia's last-ditch effort to save the two Australians on death row by rejecting a prisoner-swap deal. 

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had proposed a prisoner swap to save the lives of its citizens Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran who have been moved to Indonesia's execution island and are slated to be executed in a few days over their role in the 'Bali Nine' drug ring. 

Australia was reportedly willing to swap three convicted Indonesian drug criminals in exchange for the two Australians. 

However, Indonesia's deputy foreign minister Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir announced on Thursday that the government had rejected the deal, as per local media reports. 

Chan and Sukumaran were transported to the infamous Nusakambangan island on Wednesday for their executions, where they will face a firing squad along with others convicted in drug crimes. 

The two, said to be ringleaders of the 'Bali nine' drug trafficking gang, were given a death penalty in 2006 for attempting to smuggle about 8 kilograms of heroin out of Indonesia.

Indonesia has already executed several foreigners for drug crimes despite mounting international pressure to spare offenders from the death penalty. 

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