It is with heavy hearts we report the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has been carried out.
After an unsuccessful legal battle to save the duo, their executions were two of eight reportedly carried out on at Nusakambangan prison in Indonesia just after midnight at 12.25am Indonesian time (3:35am EST).
The executions apparently happened one after another.
The condemned men reportedly sang Amazing Grace in their final minutes, with Chan and Sukumaran singing the loudest.
Irish-born priest Father Charlie Burrows, who was present at the executions, told News Corp the prisoners were tied with cable ties to crosses about four metres apart.
“When they were being put on the cross for execution, they were singing on the crosses and we were in a tent not too far away from the execution place trying to support them,” Father Burrows said.
He said both the men and their advisers in the tent were singing hymns.
Father Burrows said the group sang Amazing Grace a few times and Chan and Sukumaran seemed to have the loudest voices.
Fairfax correspondent Jewel Topsfield reports Chan and Sukumaran, along with the other six prisoners executed this morning, refused to wear blindfolds while facing the firing squad.
One of the prisoners due to be executed, Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso received a last minute stay of execution after Indonesian President Joko Widodo asked the Indonesian Attorney General, H.M. Prasetyo to delay. (For more on Mary Jane Velso, see this post.)
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