Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the two Australians awaiting execution in Indonesia for drug smuggling offences, have released a statement through their families.
The pair’s brothers, Chintu Sukumaran and Michael Chan, read the statement outside the Kerobokan jail, where the duo are awaiting their death sentence.
“Our brothers are very grateful for the support and kindness shown to them by so many people and we are amazed at the strength and resilience during this stressful time,” the statement read.
“As they reflect on their past they are also thankful to the Indonesian Government, the prison officials and many volunteers that have allowed them to create a holistic rehabilitation program that is now the envy of most prisons worldwide.
“We see and hear many prisoners doing courses go onto jobs and better lives. Our brothers’ great wish is for the President to allow them to continue this help, to rebuild the lives of many more Indonesians for many more years to come.
“Myu and Andrew love Indonesia, they have a great respect for the Indonesian people and its culture, and it was through the support of the Indonesian justice system that they were able to help set up many programs that have helped a lot of Indonesians and has also helped better themselves, and they are very grateful for that.
“And I just want to remind everyone to remain respectful at this time and thank you for all your support.”
The duo’s call for respect comes after Prime Minister Tony Abbott, in a bid to have the duo taken off death row, was seen to have threatened the Indonesian government by reminding them of the $1 billion in Australian aid given to Indonesia after its 2004 tsunami.
Angry Indonesians have since started a #CoinsForAbbott campaign to pay back the aid, despite assurances from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that Abbott didn’t mean to “threaten” anyone.
Indonesia’s attorney-general has not set a date for the executions.
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