The eight Bali prisoners executed yesterday night for drug trafficking in Indonesia refused to wear blind-folds as they spent their last minutes of their life praying, praising God and singing songs including Amazing Grace, says the pastors who were with them in their final hours.
Irish-born priest Charlie Burrows, who was present at the executions, said the men were tied up about four meters apart from one another.
‘When they were being put on the cross for execution they were singing on the crosses and we were in a tent not too far away from the execution place trying to support them,’ Father Burrows, spiritual advisor to the Brazilian man executed, told News Corp.
‘It was breathtaking. This was the first time I witnessed someone so excited to meet their God,’ Pastor de Vega told Fairfax.
Members of the Chan and Sukumaran families have joined a convoy of buses traveling behind the ambulances that are carrying the executed men’s coffins, as they make the 10-hour journey to Jakarta.
The ambulances left the prison island of Nusakambangan, where Chan, 31, Sukumaran, 34, and six other prisoners were taken to a jungle clearing at 12.25am local time (3.25am AEST) to face a firing squad.
It took 27 minutes for authorities to confirm their deaths. Local media quoted an official saying they were ‘shot at 00.35 and died at 01.02’.