|Bali Nine ring leaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will be executed just after the stroke of midnight on Wednesday|
Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be executed just after the stroke of midnight on Wednesday (3am AEST), it has been confirmed. The date - April 29 - became official when a local funeral director in Cilacap, the nearest port to Nusakambangan, or Death Island, was instructed to inscribe the names of those to be shot by firing squad and the date of their deaths.
Chan and Sukumaran both refused to sign their execution warrants when they were given 72 hours notice of their deaths during official proceedings on Saturday, saying they believed it would be unjust to kill them. This comes as images from Nusakambangan showed a haunting self portrait painted by Sukumaran in his cell on Saturday, titled '72hrs just started' and depicting the artist shot through the heart.
|A haunting self portrait painted by Sukumaran in his cell on Saturday is titled '72hrs just started' and depicts the artist with a gaping bullet hole through his heart|
|Febiyanti Herewila known as Feby, Andrew Chan's fiancee (right) walks as she prepares to head to Nusakambangan Island prison to visit him on Sunday|
|Mr McMahon (left) carrying paintings of Myuran as he arrives from Nusakambangan Island at Wijaya Pura port in Cilacap, Central Java|
|The seven coffins are laid out in a holding area in Cilacap, before being transported to Death Island|
On Saturday, the Bali Nine duo and other death row inmates were given 72 hours notice ahead of their deaths, when prosecutors were called to Nusakambangan to finalise the execution papers. When asked to sign his papers, Sukumaran refused and told officials he believed he had been rehabilitated and that he had been doing positive work in prison. 'When he received the 72 hours notice he remained dignified and peaceful. He spoke with courtesy and clarity to a hushed room explaining why he felt to proceed to execution was unjust,' the pair's lawyer Julian McMahon told News Corp.
Mr McMahon said Chan also refused to sign the papers, explaining that he had been rehabilitated in the 10 years he had spent in prison. 'I have helped other inmates as much as I can and I still do and that’s not me talking, you will hear that from a lot of people, the ones I have helped,' Chan said. The pair were also asked to outline their last requests, with Chan asking for extra time in church to pray with his family and Sukumaran asking to be able to paint as much as possible before his death.
|The coffins are put on to the back of a truck, en route to Nusakambangan|
|Before making the finishing touches to the wooden crosses on Sunday, in February funeral director Suhendra Putro bought in extra coffins|
Funeral director Suhendra Putro, on Sunday was busily stencilling crosses and putting finishing touches to writing the names of the Christian victims and the dates of their deaths, reports The Herald Sun. As well as the names of the two Australians, the names of Brazilian national Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerian, Okwudili Ayotanze, and Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines, were also written in white on the wooden crosses. The date '29.04.15' was also written in white ink and the letters 'RIP'.
The condemned inmates will be killed after the stroke of midnight on Tuesday night-Wednesday morning. This was further confirmed by Utomo Karim, the lawyer for a Nigerian prisoner facing the firing squad, and also in a letter sent to Filipina maid Veloso.
‘Each convict on death row was called in one by one, for between 30 minutes to one hour, it varied,’ Mr Karim said. ‘My client (Nigerian Raheem Agbaje Salami) was notified of the day of the execution, it will be (just after midnight on) Tuesday night.’ Mr Karim added that the six others were also told the countdown to their execution had started.
|Mr Putro shows the bill for the new coffins that arrived from Yogyakarta in the warehouse of Java Christian Church, Cilacap district, Central Java, Indonesia|
|The funeral director also ordered wooden crosses, pillows, satin covers and sets of cross-shaped coffin nails, individually bagged the way that furniture stores package their screws|
|Chintu Sukumaran (left), brother of Myuran Sukumaran, stands next to Michael Chan (right), brother of Andrew Chan, during a brief press conference in Cilacap|
|Mr Sukumaran and Mr Chan again pleaded for their brothers to be shown leniency by the Indonesian government|
|Despite the pleas from Mr Sukumaran and Mr Chan their brothers' fate seems sealed|
|Michael Chan walks away to rejoin his family after the press conference in Cilacap|
|Bali 9 duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been given notice of their execution, and could be killed by firing squad as early as Tuesday|
|Chan (pictured) and Sukumaran, who were arrested over a heroin smuggling plot in 2005, can be executed 72 hours after being given notice, according to Indonesian law|
|Matius Arif Mirdjaja (right), a former inmate of Kerobokan prison, has told of how he was baptised by Bali Nine drug smuggler Andrew Chan (left) and is struggling to cope with the news of their duo's impending execution|
|After Mirdjaja was baptised, he and Chan (second left) started up a Bible study group inside Kerobokan prison|
'Today in Indonesia, up to nine people - including Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran - face imminent execution in as little as 72 hours,' Amnesty said in a statement. 'More than 140 countries around the world have now abolished the death penalty for good. It's not too late for Indonesia to join them.' Members of the public are encouraged to contribute to the appeal by purchasing flowers from Amnesty's website.
Earlier, Australian embassy officials were called to Cilacap, the port town closest to Nusakambangan where the Bali Nine pair are now jailed, for a meeting about Indonesia's execution plans. 'I fear the worst,' Ms Bishop told reporters in Brussels. 'I fear that Indonesia will seek to proceed with the execution of the two Australian citizens. 'I am deeply and profoundly concerned by this.' Chan and Sukumaran, who were arrested over a heroin smuggling plot in 2005, can be executed 72 hours after being given notice, according to Indonesian law.
|Surrounded by armed police officers officers and on the road of no return, 33-year-old Australia Myuran Sukumaran looks up at Bali police commissioner Djoko Hariutomo who posed with the two condemned Australians before they were transported to Nusakambangan island|
|A smiling Djoko Hariutomo, the police commissioner of the Balinese capital of Denpasar, poses for a photo with his hand on the shoulder of condemned prisoner Andrew Chan on a plane taking him to 'Death Island'|
A former inmate of Kerobokan prison has told of how he was baptised by Bali Nine drug smuggler Andrew Chan who helped him kick his 20-year drug addiction, told Daily Mail Australia he is heartbroken and struggling to cope with the news. 'I am really disappointed with the government and how they deal with this issue,' Matius Arif Mirdjaja said.
'It would be better to make sure justice rather than execute, better to secure rights rather than take them. 'It's definitely really hard for me to cope with this. I have to keep my faith.' Mirdjaja also accused the Indonesian government of using the executions the two Australians as a distraction. 'This is not about law enforcement - it is a tragedy presented for public consumption,' he said.
'Government have lost their mind to gain popularity by execution; they use the drugs war to hide other issues that are more serious.' Mirdjaja said he spoke with Chan and Sukumaran two weeks ago, and the two were 'good'. 'Andrew is OK, Myu starting making a sketch. But they were attacked by mosquitoes.'
|Curently Sukumaran (pictured) and Chan remain in an isolated cell on Nusakambangan Island. Australia fears the pair could face the firing squad within days|
|A police armored vehicle carrying Filipina drug smuggler Mary Jane Veloso is loaded onto a ferry in Cilacap to take her Nusakambangan maximum security prison island on Friday April 24. The Indonesian government has ordered officials to make preparations to execute the group of 10 prisoners, including Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sulukamaran|
|Chan was arrested on April 17, 2005 in Bali for planning to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin valued at about A$4 million from Indonesia to Australia|
|Indonesian police vehicle enters Wirogunan prison as they prepare transfer death row drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso of the Philippines to Nusakambangan prison on April 24, 2015 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Veloso was sentenced to death after being arrested in Yogyakarta for attempting to smuggle 2.6kg of heroin|
The lawyer for Nigerian man Raheem Salamim, who is sharing a cell block with Chan and Sukumaran on Nusakambangan, confirmed Thursday the Nigerian Embassy had also received a letter summoning officials to Cilacap. 'Based on experience from the previous execution, they're going to tell them the date for the execution,' lawyer Utomo Karim said.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo earlier confirmed the executions were 'only a matter of time'. President Widodo told Indonesian news agency Antara while he would not interfere with the inmates' outstanding legal appeals, the executions would take place upon their conclusion. 'When it will be done is no longer a question,' he said. 'It is only awaiting the conclusion of all procedures and the legal process, which I will not interfere in. It is only a matter of time.'
|Time seems to be running out for Sukumaran who claims to be rehabilitated since he went to jail in 2005|
|Letters were sent by authorities to the prosecutors of all 10 death row prisoners, which includes Sukumaran, ordering them to prepare the executions|
|News of the letters were a huge setback for Chan and his family members|
- Daily Mail