Andrew Chan

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Andrew Chan
Born12 January 1984
Died29 April 2015 (aged 31)
Cause of deathExecution by firing squad
Criminal statusExecuted
SpouseFebyanti Herewila
Conviction(s)Drug trafficking (2006)
Criminal penaltyDeath

Andrew Chan (12 January 1984 – 29 April 2015) was an Australian citizen convicted and executed in Indonesia for drug smuggling.

Chan was born in Sydney, New South Wales on 12 January 1984. He was the son of Cantonese-speaking Chinese immigrants. He was convicted in Indonesia for drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine. In 2005, he was arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were believed to have arranged the heroin smuggling operation. After a criminal trial on 14 February 2006, Chan was sentenced to execution by firing squad. While in prison, Chan converted to Christianity.[1] On 16 January 2015, Chan and Sukumaran were ordered to be executed after nine years in jail. On 6 February 2015, the government said that this would take place at the end of the month.[2][3]

On 11 February 2015 the government said that Chan and Sukumaran would be moved from Kerobokan prison to Nusakambangan Island where the execution would take place.[4] On 24 February 2015 their lawyers challenged Indonesian President Joko Widodo's refusal to grant clemency. This legal challenge failed.[5] The prisoners were moved to Nusakambangan Island on 4 March.[6] On 6 April 2015, Chan and Sukumaran's lawyers went to the state administrative court in a last try to stop the executions; this was unsuccessful.[7][8] On 24 April 2015, the government ordered the final preparations for the execution of Chan and Sukumaran, as well as eight others on death row.[9] The pair, along with seven other death row inmates, were given a 72-hour notice of their executions on 25 April (ANZAC Day).[10][11]

On 27 April 2015, Chan married his Indonesian fiancee Febyanti Herewila.[12]

He was executed by firing squad on 29 April 2015.[13] On 2 May 2015, the bodies of Chan and Sukumaran arrived back in Sydney along with the Sukumaran family and Chan's widow Febyanti Herewila, while the rest of Chan's family arrived back a day earlier.[14]

References[change | change source]

  1. Tom Allard (21 June 2011). "Faith sustains condemned man Andrew Chan". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  2. "Bali Nine Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to be executed together in Bali". Perth Now. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.[permanent dead link]
  3. Roberts, George (6 February 2015). "Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to be executed this month, Indonesian foreign affairs ministry tells Australian Embassy". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  4. Roberts, George (12 February 2015). "Bali Nine: Indonesia gives approval for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's transfer from prison to be executed". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  5. "Bali Nine: Indonesian president Joko Widodo says executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will not be delayed". ABC News. Australia. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  6. Megan Levy (4 March 2015). "Bali nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran being moved to execution island". Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  7. "Bali Nine pair's appeal against execution to be decided". ABC News. 5 April 2015.
  8. Roberts, Indonesia correspondent George; staff (7 April 2015). "Bali Nine pair just 'buying time' alive, Indonesian AG says". ABC News.
  9. "Bali Nine: Indonesian government orders preparations be made for execution of Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran". ABC News. Australia. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  10. "Bali 9 ringleaders handed execution notice". Sky News. 25 April 2015. Archived from the original on 22 September 2020. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  11. "Bali Nine: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran await same fate as 'smiling assassin' Amrozi". ABC News. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  12. "Bali Nine: Andrew Chan marries fiancee ahead of expected execution this week". ABC News. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  13. "Bali Nine: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran executed by Indonesian firing squad". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  14. "Bali Nine: Bodies of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran arrive back in Australia". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.