BALI NINE: Indonesian Convicts Refused Blindfolds, Sang Praise - Amazing Grace - To God As They Were Shot

Andrew Chan smiles as he places a ring on his bride Febyanti Herewila's finger, fulfilling one of his final wishes at their prison wedding on Nusakambangan island on Sunday
Andrew Chan smiles as he places a ring on his bride Febyanti Herewila's finger, fulfilling one of his final wishes at their prison wedding on Nusakambangan island on Sunday
As the bodies of Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran and the other executed prisoners are taken away in ambulances, reports are beginning to emerge about their final moments, Indonesia journalist Jewel Topsfield says.

In the still night air of Nusakambangan island, eight condemned prisoners joined together in a chorus of Amazing Grace just after midnight, before their song was cut off by the crack of gunfire. As details began to emerge of the final minutes of the group, which included the Bali 9 pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, it was revealed all eight prisoners rebuffed offers of blindfolds, opting instead to stare at their executioners while they broke out in song. 

Pastor Karina de Vega said the voices of all eight members of the group cut through the air. "They were praising their God," de Vega said. "It was breathtaking. This was the first time I witnessed someone so excited to meet their God."
Ambulances with the bodies of the eight men executed by Indonesia overnight, including Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were pictured arriving at Cilacap port from the prison island
Ambulances with the bodies of the eight men executed by Indonesia overnight, including Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were pictured arriving at Cilacap port from the prison island
The coffins were covered with white satin material before beginning the 10 hour trip to Jakarta
The coffins were covered with white satin material before beginning the 10 hour trip to Jakarta
Armed police lined the road at Cilacap port as the ambulances carrying the coffins of the executed men were transported through a crowd
Armed police lined the road at Cilacap port as the ambulances carrying the coffins of the executed men were transported through a crowd
De Vega said it was the most beautiful experience she had ever had. "They bonded together," she said. "Brotherhood. They sang one song after another. Praising God. They sang a few songs together, like in a choir.

"The non-Christian I believe also sang from his heart. It was such an experience."

At 15 minutes to midnight, the families of the condemned lit a candle as they watched the grim procession of cars taking the prisoners to the execution site. One of the people in the group led a recitation of the Lord's Prayer. Immediately afterwards they were startled by loud gunshots.

Many became hysterical while others, including the spiritual advisers, offered consolation. But by the time the coffins arrived for identification and official handover, a measure of calm had returned and the process went smoothly. Father Charles Burrows, who provided spiritual guidance to condemned Brazilian man Rodrigo Gularte, said the men met their fate without blindfolds, staring straight ahead.

"Everyone was looking forward, it seems everyone accepted their fate," Burrows said. He said it was difficult because Gularte, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was a teenager, was mentally ill.
Sympathisers carry the coffin bearing the body of Indonesian drug convict Zainal Abidin
Sympathisers carry the coffin bearing the body of Indonesian drug convict Zainal Abidin
Abidin, who was shot alongside Chan and Sukumaran, was  buried in Cilacap on Wednesday
Abidin, who was shot alongside Chan and Sukumaran, was buried in Cilacap on Wednesday
Abidin, 50, was arrested at his home in 2000 with about 59 kilograms (130 pounds) of marijuana
Abidin, 50, was arrested at his home in 2000 with about 59 kilograms (130 pounds) of marijuana
Gularte talked to animals and was afraid of electromagnetic waves from satellites watching him above his prison on the island of Nusakambangan. In his deluded state he believed Indonesia had abolished capital punishment and established a prisoner extradition agreement with Brazil which meant he could go home next year.

"We didn't think [the execution] would happen," Burrows said. "It is finished. It's all done."






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