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Australia has called on Indonesia to delay the execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers until corruption claims are investigated.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she spoke to her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi late on Sunday.

She said there was still an appeal before Indonesia’s Constitutional Court and a separate investigation at the country’s Judicial Commission.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were convicted in 2006, the BBC reports.

The two men, along with six other foreigners and one Indonesian man, have been formally informed of their execution.

Under Indonesian law, convicts must be given 72 hours’ notice of execution. This means the executions by the firing squad could be carried out as early as Tuesday.

A French convict, Serge Atlaoui, still has an appeal before the courts. France has warned of “consequences” if the execution goes ahead.

Separately, Australian Prime Minister,Tony Abbott, has written to President Joko Widodo in what is seen as a final plea to stop the executions, the BBC reports.

Chan and Sukumaran, along with seven other Australians, were arrested in Bali in 2005 for trying to smuggle more than 18lb (8.3kg) of heroin from Indonesia to Australia.

The pair were later found to be the ringleaders of the group and sentenced to death.

Australia’s top politicians have been actively campaigning for clemency for the two.

The other seven members of the “Bali Nine” are currently serving either life or 20 years in prison.

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