Convict gets married on death row

Andrew Chan, a convicted criminal on death row, married his fiancée Febyanti Herewila . The couple got married on Monday, a day before Chan’s execution by an Indonesian firing squad for drug offences.

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April 30 th, 2015

“It is a tough time but it is a happy time”

Despite the grief that would inevitably follow the execution, Andrew and his fiancée, pastor Febyanti Herewila, have said their  “till death do us part” vows on Monday evening, in the final 48 hours of Chan’s life. 

The wedding took place at Besi prison on Nusakambanga, also known as Execution Island, and was attended by Chan’s family, close friends and Salvation Army minister, David Soper.

“It is a tough time but it is a happy time,” Michael Chan, Andrew’s brother told reporters outside the Nusakambangan island jail, where Chan would be executed.

Andrew Chan asked Feby to marry him in Bali’s jail where they met. Feby is a pastor who regularly visits jails as part of her outreach mission.

 

Indonesia has some of the toughest drug laws in the world

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, both Australian nationals, along with seven other drug mules were arrested in 2005 when trying to smuggle more than 8kg of heroin from Indonesia to Australia. They were convicted in 2006 and sentenced to death because they were the ringleaders of the group.

 

Indonesia carried out the execution

Eight of the nine drug convicts were executed by firing squad in early hours of Wednesday (Tuesday17:30 GMT) at Besi prison after the inmates were given 72-hours’ notice. The nine drug convicts due to be executed included two Australian nationals, four Nigerians, one Brazilian, one Indonesian and a Filipino woman. The Filipino woman’s execution has been postponed following a request from Philippine president at the very last minute.

"The execution of Mary Jane Veloso has been postponed because there was a request from the Philippine president related to a perpetrator suspected of human trafficking who surrendered herself in the Philippines," Tony Spontana, spokesman for the attorney general said.

All eight men reportedly faced the 12-man firing squad without blindfolds, singing Amazing Grace.

 

Australia withdraws its ambassador

 

Australians mourn the death of the two Australian nationals executed early on Wednesday. Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, said the relationship with Indonesia "has suffered as a result of what's been done over the last few hours…These executions are both cruel and unnecessary," he added.

"The withdrawal of an ambassador is to register our displeasure at the way our citizens have been treated," Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said.

 

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