‘Earlier the better’: Indonesia moves for swift executions of two prisoners

February 24, 2015 6:05 am

It’s “very likely” Australians and will
be moved from their jail cells for execution this week, ’s
chief prosecutor says.
Momock Bambang Samiarso says he’s only
waiting on the green light from Nusakambangan, the jail island where the
executions will take place.
“What we want is the sooner the better,” he told reporters yesterday. “If [Nusakambangan] can be fast, we’ll be fast too.”

Myuran Sukumaran (left) and Andrew Chan. Photos / AP
The arrival of fighter jets in Bali has fuelled speculation the Bali Nine pair will be moved soon.
prosecutor didn’t comment on that, but said there would be a meeting to
discuss changes to the plan to transport the men by air.
to Indonesia’s President, Joko Widodo, say he should get the executions
of drug offenders over and done with as pressure builds from overseas.

has been making strong representations for
clemency to Indonesia on behalf of Chan and Sukumaran, who were
sentenced to death in 2006 for the Bali Nine heroin smuggling plot.
Brazil has taken the strongest stance so far, choosing not to accept
the credentials of Indonesia’s new ambassador who has now been recalled
to Jakarta.
Brazilian drug smuggler Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira was executed last month, reportedly without receiving his last rites.
for a Brazilian man set to be executed this month, Rodrigo Gularte,
have gone unheeded, despite evidence he has a severe mental illness.
corruption adviser to President Joko, international law lecturer
Hikmahanto Juwana, told Indonesian television Prime Minister Tony Abbott
and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff viewed Indonesia as “easily
pressured”. He argued for Indonesia to push ahead with the executions
before any other foreign “manoeuvres”.
“If it were me, I’d say just finish the executions,” he said.
transfer of Chan and Sukumaran to the execution site was postponed last
week after it was found there weren’t enough isolation cells for more
than five prisoners.

The Bali Nine, then and now

1 Myuran Sukumaran, 34
Sukumaran was a university drop-out working in a Sydney mailroom when
the chance at a “big pay cheque” – the Bali Nine plan – came up.
On death row in Kerobokan jail, with no appeals left. Sukumaran has
lobbied for better rehabilitation options for prisoners, including an
art studio and T-shirt screen printing room, where he spends much of his
time teaching and studying for a fine arts degree.
2 Andrew Chan, 31
Chan was the self-confessed black sheep of his Sydney family. He and
Sukumaran went to Homebush Boys High School, a few years apart.
On death row in Kerobokan jail, with no appeals left. Chan has embraced
Christianity and is involved in pastoral care for the prison community.
He started first aid and cooking classes, and is trying to launch
hospitality courses for inmates.
3 Matthew Norman, 28
Norman lived in Quakers Hill, Sydney, and worked for Eurest catering
where Chan worked. He was the youngest member of the Bali Nine.
Serving life at Kerobokan. Norman always enjoyed sport and tries to
stay fit. In a 2011 interview, he described Chan and Sukumaran as “nice
people, to me, they’re just friends”.
4 Renae Lawrence, 37
Lawrence, of Wallsend in Newcastle’s west, also worked at Eurest. She
was down on her luck, having broken up with her partner, and had money
Now: Serving 20 years in Bangli, Bali. Lawrence was
moved from Kerobokan after her plot to kill a guard was discovered. Her
sentence has since been reduced for good behaviour and she may soon be
eligible to seek parole.
5 Martin Stephens, 39
Then: From Wollongong, the former barman worked at Eurest and took part in the Bali Nine operation as a mule with Lawrence.
Serving life at Malang, east Java. He also turned to Christianity,
marrying Christine Puspayanti who had visited Kerobokan with a church
6 Si Yi Chen, 29
Then: It’s unclear how Chen, from Sydney, met Chan and Sukumaran. He was an errand runner for the group.
Now: Serving life in Kerobokan, he has learned to be a silversmith and his designs reflect his Taoist beliefs.
7 Tan Duc Than Nguyen, 31
Nguyen lived in Brisbane with his family, who ran a bakery. He
recruited Rush and Czugaj into the Nine on a night out in Brisbane.
Serving life in Malang, east Java, he’s never given a media interview.
He was moved out of Kerobokan with Stephens last year, to ease crowding.
8 Matthew Czugaj, 29
Czugaj, from Brisbane’s southwest, was working as a glazier. He met
Rush playing football in high school and had never been overseas before
the trip to Bali.
Now: Serving life in Kerobokan. He has suffered
mental and physical ailments in jail. In 2010, his mother revealed she
had been sending him money knowing she was funding his heroin habit.
9 Scott Rush, 29
Rush, from a riverside Brisbane suburb, was applying to enter the RAAF
before he agreed to go on the trip to Bali. His father, Lee, suspected
his rebellious son was in trouble. The Australian Federal Police were
tipped off but did not intervene.
Now: Serving life in
Karangasem, Bali. Rush is also recovering from drug addiction and has
proposed marriage to his girlfriend, London banker Nikki Butler.

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