Last hours on Death Island: Bali 9’s impetus to banishment squad

2.50pm, Anzac Day, 2015, Besi Prison Nusakambangan Island, Java, Indonesia:

MYURAN Sukumaran had only refused to pointer his possess genocide warrant.

There was a dumbfounded overpower inside Besi prison.

No other restrained ecstatic to supposed “Death Island” to be shot by banishment patrol before Sukumaran had ever refused to pointer his or her execution warrant.

As shortly as he did, he had 72 hours left alive.

The 34-year-old and his Bali Nine conspirator Andrew Chan had been brought to a sheer proportions of Besi 7 weeks progressing as cursed men.

Handcuffed, bundled into a Barracuda tank during emergence they had left Kerobokan jail in Bali, a 6 star review by comparison, on a final moody they would ever take.

At Besi, a dual Australians common a gloomy five-by-six metre caged dungeon where they were being “readied for death”.

As publisher and author Cindy Wockner reveals in her fascinating though heated comment of a Bali Nine kingpins final days on earth, withdrawal Kerobokan for removed Nusakambangan had dumbfounded a dual Australians.


Bali Nine Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were ringleaders of a devise to filch 8.3kg of heroin value $4 million out of Indonesia into Australia.


Chan on a day before they left Kerobokan. Picture: Adam Taylor.


“For a initial time in a decade, they were totally tighten off from a outward world,” Wockner writes.

“They had nothing. Andrew and Myuran were terrified.”

Wockner, an Indonesia dilettante given she initial went there to news on a 2002 Bali bombing that killed 88 Australians, had lonesome drug arrests from Schapelle Corby, to a Bali Nine and many Australians thereafter.

In The Pastor and The Painter she recounts Chan and Sukumaran’s decade behind bars in Bali and their final tour to their genocide on a floodlit margin behind a Nusakambangan military station.

Only 5 months progressing when their indulgence pleas had returned deserted by Indonesian boss Joko Widodo, Sukumaran had bitterly recounted his feeling let down by Australia.

Public opinion had upheld Schapelle Corby though not a Bali Nine,” Wockner writes.

Journalist and author of a book on Chan and Sukumaran Cindy Wockner during a jail on Nusakambangan.

Sukumaran wrote Wockner a harm letter, wondering, “If we was white, blonde hair, blue eyes?” or a “megapin drug duke who could means to compensate millions” in bribes, could he have avoided execution.

But when Indonesia motionless to govern 6 other drug dealers in late Jan “everyone knew it was a bad sign” and Sukumarana said, “I consider we are tighten to a end.”

At Besi prison, officials acceded Sukumaran’s ask per his execution warrant.

The request was retyped, Sukumaran sealed it and was immediately handcuffed.

Next was Andrew Chan. He too demanded a papers be retyped with his final requests before he would sign.


Chan's and Sukumaran’s families lapse from visiting a cursed group on Nusakambangan.


Chairs and tents arrive during Wijaya Pura pier for a island as ‘the train of genocide begins’. Picture: Lukman S Bintoro.


Myuran Sukumaran celebrates his 34th birthday on with inmates on a island 12 days before his execution. Picture: TV One.


The families of a cursed would be authorised to revisit for a subsequent 3 days, Wockner writes. But she had to titillate Sukumaran’s hermit Chinthu to get to Cilacap, a pier city to Nusakambangan.

‘Drop all and get on a plane, we urged him, they are critical this time,” Wockner writes. “You all need to get there. It’s going to happen.

“All a Bali prosecutors had been systematic to Cilacap. The train of genocide had begun.

“The logistics of a execution were now in full swing.”

The subsequent morning, a men’s families left Cilacap by vessel for a island.


Crosses for a condemned, in a forehead Myuran Sukumaran’s embellished with his date of death.


Police and ambulance staff chaperon Andrew Chan’s coffin behind on a mainland after his execution. Picture: Adam Taylor.

“… Plastic chairs and corrugated iron sheeting went opposite to a island on a ferry,” Wockner writes. “The iron sheeting was to erect a proxy roof over a area where a 9 prisoners would be shot.

“The chairs were for officials, family members, lawyers and embassy staff …

“That night during Besi. a 8 group and one lady – now a walking passed – had Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner.”

Area set adult on Death Island for families and officials nearby a banishment operation where a prisoners would be shot dead.


Security increasing by Cilacap military on Nusakambangan’s Tunggal Panaluan sharpened operation forward of a execution. Picture: Lukman S. Bintoro



On Apr 28, a final day, visitors were singular to a island.

Back during Cilacap’s port, preparations intensified.

Nine ambulances with numbered windshields gathering towards Wijaya Pura wharf carrying coffins hidden in smocked whited satin and crosses already embellished with a condemned’s names and dates of death.

By 2pm over on a island, it was time to contend a final goodbyes.

Wockner writes that Sukumaran’s mom and sister Raji and Brintha “were groan thick howls”.

Chan’s mom Helen “draped herself around Andrew, pathetic and sobbing”.

Melbourne priest Christie Buckingham had been allocated Myuran Sukumaran’s devout confidant while Andrew Chan had selected Salvation Army chaplain, Major David Soper.

“She had a list of things Myuran wanted to do on a margin during a time he was tied adult before a execution.” Wockner writes.


Chinthu Sukumaran binds adult a final mural by his hermit Myuran after their final revisit before a execution. Picture: Adam Taylor.


Raji Sukumaran after visiting her son Myuran. Picture: Adam Taylor.

In his dungeon during Besi, Sukumaran was showered and prepared on his building pad and together they review from a Bible; Genesis, Exodus, Micah and Psalm 121, “the Lord will keep we from all harm”.

They prayed and she anointed him with oil, that he asked her to lubricate him with in Australia where his physique would be returned to for his funeral.

“The wardens shaped a ensure of honour to contend goodbye,” Wockner writes. “Myuran and Andrew threw their handcuffed arms over their heads … in one final goodbye.

“The shackles were put on. [Myuran’s] hands were cable-tied behind his back.”
He stepped outward and peek adult during a night sky.

“When Christie was escorted to Myuran … he was already strapped to a wooden cranky that was mounted on a platform,” Wockner writes.

Police hire on Nusakambangan Island by a banishment operation where a Bali Nine kingpins are to be executed.


Indonesian military start locking a pier in Cilacap forward of a executions of a Bali 9 ringleaders. Picture: Adam Taylor.


Chan’s devout confidant David Soper earnings after a executions. Picture: Adam Taylor

“His arms were firm to a cranky during a elbows … his feet were tied.

“Andrew was strapped to a cranky subsequent to Myuran.”

Each restrained wore a white T-shirt. They all began singing.

Christie whispered to Myuran, “you are a reformed man”, and after 3 mins with him had to step away.

The prisoners sang Hallelujah, a chronicle from a film Shrek, and afterwards Amazing Grace.

Chan exhorted them all to “sing up! We can do improved than that.”

Everyone sang until they were interrupted by a banishment squad.

“A intolerable bang ripped by a air,” Wockner writes.

“It was like zero any of a witnesses had ever listened before. The sound of a hundred high-powered rifles banishment simultaneously.”


*The Pastor and a Painter: Inside a lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran – from Aussie schoolboys to Bali Nine drug traffickers to Kerobokan’s redeemed group by Cindy Wockner is published by Hachette Australia and accessible now for $32.99.


Ambulance transports one of a coffins of a executed prisoners behind from Nusakambangan island.


Police and ambulance staff chaperon Andrew Chan’s coffin behind on a mainland after his execution. Picture: Adam Taylor.


Indonesian military Barracuda drives from Kerobokan Jail with Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to start their final journey. Picture: Adam Taylor.
Nusakambangan or ‘Death’ Island, a Indonesian jail formidable off a seashore of Central Java.
Officers and inmates in a yard of a jail on Nusakambangan.
Andrew Chan’s mom Helen earnings after visiting her son on Nusakambangan after a 72 hour execution notice was given. Picture: Adam Taylor.
Cilicap wake executive B Suhendroputro with 10 coffins delivered for a executions including an additional large, for a foreigner. Picture: Ardiles Rante.

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