How lies, arrogance earned Aussie kingpins the death penalty

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BALI NINE kingpins Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran’s lies, conceitedness and shameless cockiness with Indonesians earned them the loss of life penalty they may have prevented, a brand new e-book claims.

After their arrests for masterminding the eight.3kg heroin plot, the 2 Australians have been “stuffed with swagger and bravado and smart-alec quips”.

They have been “stuffed with every thing besides contrition”, in line with a brand new account of the pair’s lives on loss of life row and execution by firing squad by Indonesia specialist and Information Corp journalist Cindy Wockner.

In accordance Wockner’s e-book, Chan “smirked” and was “insolent” within the face of an Indonesian decide he handled as “silly”.

This strategy was disastrous “in a authorized system that locations a substantial amount of emphasis on co-operation, on courtesy and politeness in courtroom and on admissions of guilt and expressions of regret”.

It gained them the loss of life penalty when it may need been prevented, Wockner writes in her e-book, The Pastor and the Painter.

She describes the boys’s impudence and shameless strategy, and the fights they’d with Renae Lawrence and different Bali 9 members.

Wockner tells how varied members of the Bali 9 together with Lawrence modified their tales to police and courtroom officers, with predictably catastrophic outcomes.

Wockner would later develop keen on Chan and Sukumaran and weep after they met the firing squad, and her e-book is the story of their lives from “Aussie schoolboys to convicted drug traffickers to redemption on Indonesia’s loss of life row”.

Nonetheless, she admits she didn’t like them of their early days at Bali’s Kerobokan jail.

Her e-book additionally provides an insider’s account of the times main as much as the boys’s execution on Nuskambangan Island on April 29, 2015.

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The Bali 9 have been arrested ten years earlier on Myuran Sukumaran’s 24th birthday, he in a resort at Bali’s Kuta Seaside and Chan at Ngurah rai airport.

Chan was carrying no medication, however police arrested 4 mules with most the heroin strapped to their our bodies, Renae Lawrence, Martin Stephens, Michael Czugaj and Scott Rush.

Wockner writes that upon his arrest Chan mentioned, “No matter occurred to Schapelle Corby occurred to me” and that he and Sukumaran denied all data of the medication.

Renae Lawrence was speaking on the recommendation of her lawyer to earn a reduction on her sentence, and revealed she had accomplished a profitable heroin run with Chan seven months earlier.

The Bali 9 have been saved in police holding cells for 3 months, Chan and Sukumaran saved intentionally at completely different police stations 15km aside.

They then have been moved to Kerobokan jail, on the time house to Schapelle Corby who guests paid jail guards 5000 Rupiah (50 cents) every to see.

Chan and Sukumaran employed the identical legal professionals and could be tried individually; the 4 mules every had completely different legal professionals for his or her separate trials.

At Sukumaran’s trial, which started in January 2006, he claimed he had come to Bali solely as a vacationer, and had nothing to do with Chan, or with the heroin or strapping the mules.

Wockner writes Sukumaran informed the judges so many occasions he didn’t know the reply to their query, that “it grew to become ridiculous”.

“He informed the judges he couldn’t bear in mind what sort of cell phone he had.

“That they had sufficient. ‘Have you ever ever had the illness of amnesia?’,” a decide requested.

When Sukumaran required an evidence as to what amnesia was, and mentioned he couldn’t bear in mind when he’d had it, “the judges weren’t impressed”.

Every week later, Chan’s trial started and Sukumaran was referred to as as a witness, however refused to testify as a result of he was a suspect in the identical case.

Given a warning by the decide, he stonewalled. Chan did the identical, regardless of “more and more indignant” retorts by the judges.

Cracks appeared in no matter solidarity there may need been between the 9 accused Australians and Lawrence particularly refused to have something to do with the others.

Chan additionally informed them Lawrence’s declare that he had threatened to kill her or her household if she refused to hold the heroin was unfaithful.

A clearly indignant Lawrence informed the courtroom that this denial was “lies”.

Wockner writes that Chan was “insolent” within the face of persistent questioning by the judges to which he responded both “no”, “I don’t know” or “I don’t bear in mind”.

The questions included: “Are you aware a few narcotics case referred to as the Bali 9?”

When Sukumaran got here to testify he, too, refused to reply questions and when his assertion to police about his noninvolvement with any facet of the medication was learn out, Lawrence mentioned it was additionally lies.

However Lawrence did herself no favours.

Regardless of admitting her position within the Bali 9 plot, however saying it was beneath the instruction and threats of Chan, she deserted her police assertion concerning the profitable 2004 heroin run.

Martin Stephens gave proof at Chan’s trial and mentioned he and his household had additionally been threatened with hurt.

Chan’s model of occasions was that he was in Bali to buy, go clubbing and supervise and that regardless of police surveillance pictures of him with Sukumaran, they weren’t collectively.

He additionally claimed he didn’t know Stephens or Lawrence, with whom he had labored in Australia, earlier than Bali.

He mentioned, “I by no means strapped any heroin on their our bodies ever in my life” and claimed all of the witnesses have been “liars”.

The judges have been by now irate: “How are you aware they’re liars, you don’t know them?”

The judges then mentioned: “Please don’t inform the improper story or lies as a result of the judges, the legal professionals, the prosecutor, all of the folks right here are usually not silly.”

One decide instructed the interpreter particularly to inform Chan, “Indonesian judges are usually not silly folks”.

Andrew responded concerning the heroin: “I don’t even know who owns it. I’ve by no means seen it till Polda (police headquarters), they began throwing it at me and saying it’s yours and I’ve by no means seen it.”

As Wockner writes, each Chan and Sukumaran’s refusal to testify was, they later mentioned, on the recommendation of their legal professionals.

However, “the strategy didn’t serve them properly”.

When it got here to closing submissions, the prosecution “noticed no motive for leniency for both Myuran or Andrew,” she wrote.

“Sentence them each to loss of life, they informed the judges. Chan smirked.

“The translator requested him if he knew what the phrases hukuman mati meant.

Chan replied: “Sure, loss of life penalty no drawback”

On the day of the decision, February 14, 2006, each males’s legal professionals suggested them to not go away Kerobokan jail and to not come to courtroom.

They have been informed to “feign sickness … you’ll get the loss of life penalty”.

Nevertheless it was too late, Chan and Sukumaran couldn’t keep away from getting on the bus.

At Denpasar District Courtroom, the judges learn out their resolution in Indonesian earlier than declaring Chan responsible and sentencing him to loss of life.

Subsequent was Sukumaran’s verdict, once more the loss of life penalty.

The judges mentioned that the heroin within the Bali 9 plot may have fed medication to 8200 victims.

On the identical day in a distinct courtroom, judges gave Martin Lawrence and Michael Czugaj life sentences.

When the decision was learn out for Renae Lawrence, she was shocked to obtain a life sentence, having bargained on solely getting 20 years.

On January 17, 2015, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo rejected a clemency request from Andrew Chan and had denied one from Myuran Sukumaran the earlier month.

On March four, 2015, the boys have been flown beneath a heavy police presence to the Javanese port of Cilicap and brought to Nusakambangan, often called “Dying Island” the place 9 weeks later they have been executed.

The Pastor and the Painter by Cindy Wockner, Hachette Australia, $22.95.

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