Bali Nine families make one last heartbreaking plea

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THE families of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have made a desperate last minute plea to Indonesian president Joko Widodo through the media to spare the men. 

Michael Chan said his brother has been dignified and courageous through these 'dark hours'.  

"I saw today something that no other family should ever have to go through," he said.   

"Nine families inside a prison saying goodbye to their loved ones. Kids, mothers, cousins, brothers, sisters. You name it they were all there. To walk out of there and say goodbye for the last time, it is torture. No family should go through that. There has to be a moratorium on the death penalty."  

As Myuran's brother Chintu began to speak, sister Brinta Sukumaran broke down in tears.   

"Please don't do this to my brother. Please, please Mr President, Joko Widodo, I beg you please. Please don't take my brother from me."  

Myuran Sukumaran's mother Raji Sukumaran also made one last plea.  

"I won't see my son again and they are going to take him tonight and shoot him and he is healthy and he is beautiful and he has a lot of compassion for other people. I am asking the Government not to kill him, please President, please don't kill him today. Please don't. Call off the execution.   

The ABC reports Australian pair has been denied their right to spiritual support in their final moments prior to their executions.   

Meanwhile Indonesian officials have indicated their families may stay an extra six hours before the executions.

Australian Bali Nine inmate Andrew Chan, who has been sentenced to execution by firing squad for drug trafficking.
Australian Bali Nine inmate Andrew Chan, who has been sentenced to execution by firing squad for drug trafficking. FIRDIA LISNAWATI AP

6:00 AM Bali 9 duo may be dead within 24 hours, Andrew Chan marries

ONE of the two Australian men condemned to be executed in Indonesia within days has reportedly married his girlfriend in prison.

Andrew Chan, 31, could die as soon as tomorrow and wed in front of a small group of family and friends as his final wish.

His brother was at the ceremony on the high-security Nusakambangan Island in Java, were Mr Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are due to be executed by firing squad.


Michael Chan said his brother married his Indonesian girlfriend, named as Febyanti, on Monday and they still hope they will not be parted.

"It's tough times but it's happy times at the same time," he told reporters on the mainland.

"We just hope that the president somewhere will find some compassion and mercy for these two, this young couple so they can carry on with their lives."

Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Firdia Lisnawati, File

Sukumaran, 34, has reportedly requested to spend his last days before his execution painting for as long as possible.

Art has become his passion since being imprisoned in 2005 and he was mentored by award-winning Australian artist Ben Quilty.

His oil paintings have since been exhibited in galleries around the world, including in London at an Amnesty International exhibition marking his birthday earlier this month.

Sukumaran's lawyer was seen taking his latest works out of the prison on Monday, including a dark piece entitled "Self Portrait. Time is Ticking" showing him against a black background, shot through the heart.

That is where 12 guns will be aimed if his death sentence is carried out. The condemned are given the choice of standing, sitting or kneeling and then blindfolded before they are shot.

Only three guns are loaded with live ammunition so the executioner remains unknown.

Sukumaran and Chan were given the legally required 72 hours' notice of their executions on Saturday, meaning they could go ahead as early as Tuesday night.

A painting seen leaving the prison yesterday was entitled "72hrs Just Started", while others were signed "A Bad Sleep Last Night" and "A Strange Day'.

Indonesian authorities have insisted the executions will go ahead as planned this week, rebuffing last-minute appeals from Australia and the Philippines to spare their nationals and ignoring a decision by the Constitutional Court to hear a final challenge.

News of a new hearing on 12 May raised hope that the sentence might be delayed but that was dashed by the attorney general today.

Their lawyer, Leonard Arpan, said the hearing out consider their case but a spokesperson has since said it will not affect the executions.

Attorney general spokesman Tony Spontana said they would not be delayed and insisted that the execution of all nine people on death row would proceed this week.

TO BE EXECUTED: Australians Andrew Chan (wearing glasses) and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the Bali Nine drug ring, have been taken to an island where they will be killed by a firing squad.
TO BE EXECUTED: Australians Andrew Chan (wearing glasses) and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the Bali Nine drug ring, have been taken to an island where they will be killed by a firing squad. Afp

Australia had started on Monday basing its plea for a reprieve on reports that their trial had been tainted by corruption.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said allegations that judges said they would take bribes in exchange for lighter sentences were "very serious" and called into question the integrity of the process.

But President Joko Widodo said such concerns should have been conveyed a decade ago when the case when through the courts.

The UN Secretary-General, Ban K-Moon, also pleaded for clemency and called for Indonesia to declare a moratorium on capital punishment.

"They have been rehabilitated in a most remarkable way over the past ten years and are genuinely remorseful for their serious crimes," Ms Bishop said.

"Nothing can be gained and much will be lost if these two young Australians are executed…I again respectfully call on the President of Indonesia to reconsider his refusal to grant clemency.

"It is not too late for a change of heart."

Sukumaran and Chan were convicted in 2006 as part of the "Bali Nine" drug smuggling gang who were arrested on the island for trying to smuggle 8kg of heroin to Australia. Their six Australian co-conspirators were jailed for between 18 years and life in Indonesia.

The pair are part of a separate group of drug convicts, including others from Brazil, Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria and Indonesia, due to be imminently executed.

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