The Australian government is calling on Britain to pardon two of its soldiers executed more than a century ago for war crimes in South Africa.

The intervention comes after the British government rejected in June a petition to pardon Lieutenants Harry 'Breaker' Morant and Peter Handcock, who were killed by firing squad in 1902 for murdering prisoners during the Boer War. They are the only Australian soldiers ever executed for war crimes.

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