The two Australians executed for drugs offences refused blindfolds and sang Amazing Grace as they faced a firing squad, it was revealed today. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran sat side-by-side as they faced their executioners and used their last minutes to pray as they were taken to Bali’s notorious Nussakambangan Island, known as Execution Island.
Irish pastor Charlie Burrows, who was present, told how the men were tied up with plastic cables to crosses with their names and dates already etched on them. Father Burrows said: “When they were put on their cross for execution they were singing and we were in a tent not too far away from the execution place trying to support them.” Chan was allowed his last wishes to put a wedding ring on the finger of his girlfriend Febyanti Herewilla – pictured below on left – in a prison wedding on Sunday.
Salvation Army pastor Christie Buckingham, who read Chan and Sukumaran their last rites, told how the pair, and six others facing execution, sang religious songs as they walked onto the killing field. He said the men had conducted themselves with “dignity and strength until the end”. Australia recalled its ambassador from Jakarta in protest at the executions today.
Source : PTI