Sukumaran and Chan were executed alongside six others at 12.25am on Wednesday. They refused to wear blindfolds so they could face their executioners and spent their last minutes of life praying, praising God and singing songs including Amazing Grace.
Myuran Sukumaran’s cousin has shared the final final moments she spent with the condemned drug smuggler ahead of his execution. Dharminie Mani visited her cousin in jail at Nusakambangan Island in the hours before he was shot by a firing squad on Wednesday morning, alongside fellow Bali Nine ringleader Andrew Chan. The grieving relative revealed Sukumaran spent his final hours caring and comforting others, speaking of things he would miss on television and handing out advice to her. ‘My mum and aunt had silent tears streaming down their faces as Myu smiled and joked trying to cheer them up. But that’s who Myu is, he is that friend that places himself last in order to support those around him,’ Ms Mani wrote on Facebook.
She spoke of how Sukumaran was going to miss the new Avengers movie, Batman vs Superman, Star Wars 7 and a boxing bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao this weekend. Ms Mani also gave insight into the final moments other death row prisoners had with their families, including Filipina Mary Jane Veloso, Nigerians Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise and Raheem Agbaje Salami and fellow Australian Andrew Chan. ‘During my visit I watched as Sylvester gave his kids piggy backs and pray over them. I saw Mary Jane’s youngest cling onto her as she said goodbye,’ she wrote.
‘I saw Raheem’s girlfriend weep and ask for him to “find her”. I saw the “just married” smile on Andrews face as we clapped him Joy. ‘I saw smiles so wide and humbling on the faces of other prisoners when Myu tasked me with the job of handing out his chocolates and Nut bars that he “no longer needed”.’ Ms Mani said he held her hand and gave advice that she ‘will hold onto forever’.
‘He told me success is cumulative. That no one wakes up successful. It takes hard work behind the scenes where no one else can see. It starts when you set yourself goals, you make sure you do something small everyday,’ she saidi ‘He told me I was only restricted by the restrictions I placed on myself: “Don’t let people say no, find a way around their negativity”. ‘Myu spent both today and yesterday trying to take care of other people. Trying to organise everything so that others would be taken care of. That’s Myu through and through.
‘As I prayed with Myu at today’s visit, one thing I kept saying again and again is that God has etched Eternity on Myu and Andrews heart. That’s quite literally the only thing I can be sure of during all of this chaos.’
- Dharminie Mani visited Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesian jail on Tuesday
- She revealed he spent his final hours caring and comforting others
- He faced a firing squad on Wednesday morning at Nusakambangan Island
- Sukumaran spoke of new Avengers movie he wouldn’t see and upcoming boxing bout that takes place on Sunday
- Ms Mani shed light on final moments of other death row prisoners as well
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