Australian drug dealers sent to 'execution island'

Australian drug dealers sent to 'execution island'

For some, a trip to this place comes with a one-way ticket.

Nusakambangan island, located off the Cilacap coast in central Java, has a surface air of gentle tranquillity that belies a deeper, disturbing sense of finality.

The locals call it Execution Island and it is where drug traffickers Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, will face the firing squad.

It is also where in November 2008, Bali bombers Imam Samudra, 38, Amrozi, 47, and Mukhlas, 48, were executed.

Chan and Sukumaran, both Australians, are part of what is now called the Bali Nine, a group of drug dealers and drug mules caught in April 2005.

Their appeals for clemency against the death penalty has been rejected and they face imminent death by firing squad. This has seriously strained diplomatic ties between Indonesia and Australia.

But if you are in a jail cell on that island, that would be the least of your concerns.

The sprawling jail complex houses more than 1,500 inmates, including those found guilty of drug trafficking and terrorism.

But it is most notorious for its execution sites, the Nirbaya and Li-musbuntu shooting fields, where inmates are put to death by 12-man firing squads, reported ABC News.

According to The Jakarta Post, there are seven separate jails, which are heavily guarded and divided into separate blocks with high walls and fences.

The jails are spread about 4km apart across the island, which is 30km long and about 7km wide.

The island is also home to about 3,000 locals and its beaches and natural caves can be visited by tourists.

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