Indonesia brushed aside last-minute appeals on tuesday and
executed eight people including 4 Nigerians convicted of
drug smuggling in their country. Photos of the dead being
buried and details from their last minutes on earth have
now been revealed.
According to the pastors who were with them in their final
hours, reformed Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and
Myuran Sukumaran and their six fellow death row prisoners
refused to wear blindfolds and were singing as they were
executed by a 13-member firing squad in the early hours of
The eight men chose to face their executioners and spent
their last minutes of life praying, praising God and singing
songs including Amazing Grace.
On Wednesday morning, Pastor Christie Buckingham – who
read Chan and Sukumaran their last rites – said the eight
death row inmates walked out onto the killing field singing
religious songs in the
moments before they were executed.
Pastor Buckingham said the men conducted themselves
with ‘dignity and strength until the end’. Another pastor,
Karina de Vega, said it was a ‘beautiful experience’.
‘It was breathtaking. This was the first time I
witnessed someone so excited to meet their God,’
Pastor de Vega told Fairfax.
Indonesian Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo
confirmed at a news conference hours after the deaths had
been widely reported that each of the eight had been
executed simultaneously at 12:35 a.m. (1735 GMT) by a
13-member firing squad. Medical teams confirmed their
deaths three minutes later, he said.
“The executions have been successfully
implemented, perfectly. All worked, no misses,” he
said of the deaths of two Australians, four
Nigerians, a Brazilian and an Indonesian man.
Prasetyo also dismissed concerns that Indonesia had done
long-term damage to bilateral relations through the
executions. According to him:
“It’s just a momentary reaction. What we’re doing is
carrying out court decisions.”
He said that the message was “do not try to smuggle drugs
in Indonesia, because we will be harsh and firm against