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Bali Nine member Andrew Chan's bid for clemency rejected

UPDATE:

BALI Nine member Andrew Chan will face a firing squad after his final bid for clemency was rejected by Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Fellow Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran received his final clemency rejection earlier this month.

Indonesian officials said last week the pair would be executed together, despite the Chan's unresolved bid to the Indonesian president Joko Widodo.

The pair was caught trying to carry more than 8kg of heroin to Australia in 2005.

Widodo has vowed not to grant clemency for drug-related offences and last week six convicts - including five foreigners - were executed.

Both Chan and Sukumaran could now face execution by firing squad at any time. 

 

EARLIER: TWO Sunshine Coast pastors have been meeting with Bali 9 ring leader Andrew Chan in a Balinese prison as he awaits execution for drug smuggling.

History Maker church's Benny and Sharon Tan say Chan is in "good spirits" even though all attempts to save him from the firing squad have, so far, been unsuccessful.

The couple, who are in Bali on holiday, have made several visits to the Kerobokan Prison where Chan and co- accused Myuran Sukumaran are being held.

Chan has become a Christian since being sentenced in 2006 after being caught at the Bali airport smuggling heroin.

Mrs Tan said the couple went to the prison with "mixed emotions and were fearful".

But during their time with Chan, "we were ministered to".

"It was very intimidating, they take away your passports and everything when you go in.

"We took great big bags of fruit and vegetables as they cook their own food in there.

"We met (Chan) in a little concrete compound where between 150-200 people were sitting on a concrete floor.

"There we met this jovial and charismatic character called Andrew Chan.

"He had about 15-20 people sitting with him. He is definitely a strong leader.

"He is very vibrant and is not in a morbid state of mind. He told us the (Christian) testimonies of different guys.

"He manages his emotions and told us his testimony of how he had been in gangs and done bad things in his life. He doesn't really talk about the sentence."

The Tans also had the chance to talk to other prisoners, including a young woman called Beverly who ended up being caught when she thought she was bringing medicine to Bali for a cousin.

"She has been sitting in jail for four years," she said.

"Andrew has been on the dark side, but Beverly is a victim of total injustice."

She said the experience of being in jail taught her "the world is very unfair".

"We came to encourage Andrew, but he is very positive and upbeat, he has found his purpose," she said.

"It is a very inhumane sentence. Two nights before we met him six of his friends were taken to an island and shot.

"Unless there is a breakthrough, this is how Andrew will end.

"He has started a Bible study and a church service. He is well liked.

"There has to be another way to bring justice. He has created art classes and invites preachers from all over the world.

"It is waste to shoot them."

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