Canberra - Australia's foreign minister says her government has offered to carry Indonesia's costs for keeping two Australian heroin traffickers in prison for life if Jakarta grants permanent stays of execution.
Australia is lobbying hard to prevent the executions by firing squad of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. They are among nine foreign drug convicts plus an Indonesian who are to be executed soon on Nusakambangan Island prison off the main island of Java.
Also read: Mom killed in Australia while on phone to husband
The offer to pay for the prisoners' keep was made by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in a letter to her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi dated March 5 and reported by The West Australian newspaper on Thursday.
Bishop on Thursday confirmed that the offer had been made among several suggestions of alternatives to execution.