Australian journalist to be deported from Indonesia after violating visa while covering Bali 9 executions

An Australian journalist will be deported from Indonesia after being caught covering the story of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan without the correct visa, immigration authorities say.

Candace Sutton, a reporter for the Daily Mail, was taken in for questioning by immigration officials on Wednesday as she interviewed a relative of one of the Bali Nine pair at a hotel on the main island of Java.

The interview was taking place in the port town of Cilacap, close to a prison island where the two Australians are to be put to death.

The men are facing imminent execution after the president rejected their pleas for clemency, typically a death row convict’s last chance of avoiding the firing squad.

No date has been set for the executions.

Immigration department spokesman Heriyanto said that Sutton “failed to show a journalist visa” and had violated immigration laws by working while on a tourist visa that she bought on arrival in Indonesia.

She will be put on a flight late on Friday from Jakarta back to Sydney, authorities said.

The Australians are among a group of foreigners who are likely to be executed soon.

The looming executions have drawn global media attention, and hordes of journalists have descended on Cilacap.

Story by AFP

Photo: (L) Candace Sutton, source: Twitter, (R) officers outside of Nusakambangan prison, source: AFP
 

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