Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been executed for attempting to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin to Australia. The ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine group were arrested at Denpasar airport in April 2005 and sentenced in 2006 to death by firing squad.
Despite intense lobbying by the men’s families and the Australian Government the pair were refused clemency by Indonesian president Joko Widodo as part of a hardline stance on the death penalty for convicted drug criminals.
Indonesian firing squad executed eight convicted drug-traffickers from several countries on Wednesday 29, 2015.
Take a look at Myuran Sukumaran life before the arrest:
- Sukumaran was born in London in 1981. He moved to Australia with his Sri Lankan family in 1985, and grew up in Sydney’s western suburbs.
- He worked in a mailroom and had clerical jobs, and later worked in the passport office.
- In an interview, Sukumaran said dissatisfaction with his work led him to become involved in importing 8.3 kilograms of heroin from Bali.
- Sukumaran said it began when a university friend invited him to dinner. “They pay for dinner and for the nightclub afterwards and stuff like that so it was like, ‘yeah’,” he said.
- He said the party and drugs scene he was introduced to was very seductive, and so too was the promise of making quick money.
- Myuran has described his arrest as “a blessing”. “You know, when I think back at my life, I never really contributed to anything. Now I’m doing all sorts of stuff around here. It feels good, really good.”
- A keen artist, Sukumaran studied for his bachelor of fine arts through Curtin University.
- Australian artist Ben Quilty became his artistic mentor and friend as Sukumaran focused on exploring art as a means of self-expression inside prison.