The families of two Bali Nine drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia have pleaded to the Australian Government for help, in a final effort to save them from execution.
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran face execution by firing squad after both had their pleas for clemency rejected by Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo.
After a decade-long journey, Raji Sukumaran has told the ABC she was “terrified” that her son Myuran could be executed in the coming days for attempting to traffic heroin into Australia.
“I’ve been told that my son will be taken out and shot at any time. I don’t know what to do,” she said.
“He’s done something stupid, he made a mistake, he’s apologised for that and he’s rehabilitated.
“Now I’ve been told he could just be given 72 hours and he’ll be taken out and shot.”
Holding back tears alongside her daughter Brintha and son Chinthu, Ms Sukumaran described the 33-year-old convicted drug smuggler as a “loving kid” who grew up in Sydney’s west and got caught up with the wrong crowd.
She did not comment on any final bids to prevent her son’s execution, but said she had full confidence in the Australian Government.
“I’m not giving up, and I know the Australian Government will do everything it can to bring the boys home, or even to stop the execution,” Ms Sukumaran said.
“They can’t do this to them.”
Michael Chan concedes brother’s fate becoming a reality
Andrew Chan’s brother Michael said he was also holding out hope, saying “there are things that are being done” that would remain “behind closed doors”.
But Mr Chan said he conceded his 31-year-old brother’s fate was becoming a reality.
“The last couple of days have probably been worse for wear,” he said.
“I don’t think I’ve felt this way, probably, since the beginning when it first all happened.
“But to know that we’re sort of nearing the end of the road is heartbreaking.”
He is flying to Bali to be with his brother in the coming days.
“I’m just going to give him a hug,” he said. “There’s no words that can make it any better.”
Both families were quick to point out how much Chan and Sukumaran have changed since they were arrested in 2005.
Andrew Chan is studying to be a pastor, and runs first aid and cooking classes in Bali’s Kerobokan prison.
“If being in prison is to reform yourself, I think both the boys have done that,” Michael Chan said.
Ms Sukumaran said until he was denied a presidential pardon, her son never complained about prison life.
Instead, Sukumaran concentrated on his artwork and various projects in the complex, but she said now things have changed.