Australian PM plays down bullying allegations in spat with Indonesia

February 19, 2015 1:01 AM

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Australian PM plays down bullying allegations in spat with Indonesia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott attempted on Thursday to play down allegations of bullying Indonesia as a diplomatic rift deepens between the uneasy neighbors over Jakarta's planned executions of two Australian drug smugglers.

Australia has been pursuing an eleventh-hour campaign to save Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of the "Bali Nine" plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia.

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