Devastating news for the families of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan came through late yesterday.
The news that so many were dreading finally came.
Bali 9 members Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are to be executed in the next group of Indonesian prisoners.
It was confirmed yesterday by Indonesian Attorney General HM Prasetyo.
When asked if the men were on the list he said, “Yes, included in the next round”.
The executions could come any time with the two men given only three days notice before they are killed, shot in the heart by firing squad.It’s a chilling reality. Two men who have proven time and time again they have reformed themselves facing death after a dreadful choice they made ten years ago.
The executions of the Australians will not take place in the prison they have spent the last ten years, instead they will be taken to the picturesque island of Nusa Kambangan which houses seven prisons.
Nine News travelled to the island and described it as ‘Indonesia’s Alcatraz’.
On one side of the island a pretty tourist destination, on the other a notorious prison.
The two men will face a harrowing journey to get to the prison in the days leading up to their deaths – a five hour drive, and then an open air ferry ride, their last bitter taste of what it is like to be free.
As the news of the men’s impending fate made its way to the friends and family of the two men it became clear just how many supporters they have, how many people are struggling to come to terms with this incredibly harsh punishment.
Even an Indonesian death metal band made a last ditch plea for clemency calling on Indonesian President Joko Widodo to have a change of heart.
The band, Napalm Death are said to be a favourite of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.