Convicted drug convicts, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Martin Anderson, reportedly from Ghana, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Indonesian Zainal Abidin, and three Nigerians – Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze – were all executed by firing squad last night.
I know only of the two Australians. Young men who did a stupid, stupid thing.
Yet, despite the trauma of ten years on death row they acted with dignity and courage and made positive contributions from within the confines of their cramped prison cells.
Chan, was a particularly unpleasant man in his youth; a bully who recruited the naive to risk their lives and move drugs into Australia.
In Kerobokan prison on Bali, Chan converted to Christianity, ran drug counselling courses, visited sick inmates and conducted an English language church service. He and Sukumaran used their supporters to obtain food, medical supplies and money for other prisoners. The prison governor, Sudjonggo, described them as model prisoners who should not be executed.
Inside prison Sukumaran was:
…appointed a “kelian banjar”, the leader of a group of about 20 prisoners, including some who had also been given death sentences, in the maximum security wing. His role was to give out tasks, talk with the guards, try to resolve disputes and have some part in overseeing less serious penalties given to other prisoners.
Shame Indonesia. Shame.
A barbaric political act.