The killing field where Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran spent their last moments alive looks like a makeshift parade ground being readied for a school sports carnival or fete.Sheets of purple tenting material are stretched over a series of four metre high open frames which have been hammered into a patchy stretch of grass in front of a low bank. The area is known as Limus Buntu which roughly translates as Limus ‘deadlocked’ or dead end.
Crosses for each of the eight prisoners who were to be executed in the early hours of Wednesday morning are in place and a shirtless man is working alongside at least five other people on the site. The photographs of the kill site emerged on the Indonesian news outlet detik.com, which has claimed that the area was a firing range and that Indonesian authorities had arrested people trying to get there. The photographs reveal the close range – just a few metres apart from each other – in which the drug traffickers condemned to death found themselves when they were transported to the spot just after midnight on Tuesday Indonesian time.
Reports following the executions said that between Chan and Sukumaran and the other six men, including one Indonesian and five Nigerians, there was around five metres. Waiting for a row of eight wooden ‘death seats’ for each condemned man to be put in and secured with cable ties, the scene made for a grisly place of death, with no prisoner able to escape the horror of what was about to happen. Irish priest Father Charlie Burrows of the Cilacap Catholic church St Stephens was present during the executions and has described how the nine men were tied to the execution chairs with their arms outstretched, in a crucifix formations, while they sang Amazing Grace.
- First photos of the killing field of the executed drug dealers show a makeshift purple structure
- Crosses are placed metres apart on a clearing of patchy grass called ‘the dead end’ firing range
- A shirtless workman casually puts everything into place
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- A smiling ‘Myu’ marks his last birthday and 10 years since his arrest