Dateline returns to Kerobokan Prison, where Bali Nine members Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are facing death after losing their final appeals.
Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 20:30

Presenter Mark Davis travels to Indonesia with the mother of Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran, as she visits her son for the first time since his final death sentence appeal was rejected.

Mark also revisits his interviews with Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, who spoke exclusively to Dateline in Kerobokan Prison last year as they both awaited the outcome of their appeals.

Now, the only hope of the two Australians not facing a firing squad lies with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono granting them clemency.

So how does a mother react to the news she's set to lose her son in such a way?

And how do Chan and Sukumaran feel about their drug smuggling crimes and the prospect of death?

Watch this special edition of Dateline, along with a behind the scenes look at how Mark gained access to the pair, above. 

You can also see Mark's original report from Kerobokan Prison, The Condemned, which was first broadcast in November 2010.

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Inside the walls behind Mark Davis here at Kerobokan Prison, two young Australian men are waiting to die. In recent weeks, both Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have lost their final appeal against the death sentence. All hope of legal reprieve has now been extinguished, barring a last-minute intervention by the Indonesian President, they will be shot. Tonight, Dateline will take another look at my earlier story about the two men. Late last year, Dateline secured unprecedented access to the prison here and over several weeks filmed Andrew and Myuran as they prepared themselves for their final court case - the one they just lost. Later in the program, Mark Davis will talk with Myuran Sukumaran's mother, Raji, who has come here today to see her son for the first time since his appeal was lost just ten days ago - but first, this unique profile of the men who are condemned to die.

REPORTER: Mark Davis

Few sagas have captivated Australia and the Australian media as much as the 'Bali Nine', but we only know some of those nine stories. Tonight Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan speak at length about their crime, their lives, and their impending death sentence.

It's 8am - Kerobokan prison and morning roll call is about to begin.The Governor grants permission for Chan and Sukumaran to be interviewed and remarkably permission to film inside;..

GOVERNORBAPAK SISWANTO (Translation): Don't make things up.

And for the first time access to the Supermax section, more commonly known as 'Death Row Tower', the tower was home to the Bali Bombers before they were executed.

REPORTER: How are you mate?

It's a prison within a prison, accommodating death row inmates and other foreigners mostly serving life sentences. Cell number 2 houses Myuran Sukumaran.

REPORTER: You are not looking so good.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: I attempted to do a bit of sport to sweat it out.

His cell mate fellow 'Bali Nine' member Si Yi Chin, and another man also held on drug charges.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: I never saw myself as, like, a bad person or something like that. As I look back at myself now I see how stupid I was back then. I never thought of myself as a bad person.

ANDREW CHAN: Good morning.

REPORTER: Good morning. How are you?

ANDREW CHAN: Yeah, alright, I suppose;. just got up.

Next door is Andrew Chan, who shares this cell with three others.

ANDREW CHAN: You know I never really was good at being a family general man, really. I hardly ever spent any time with my mum and dad whatever, really, or brothers or sisters. We just really didn't get along. I was pretty much like the black sheep of the family, to be honest.

The prisoners are free to come and go from Supermax, but most of the day is spent here, around a cell converted into a gym.

ANDREW CHAN: It could be worse;.it could be worse. So I suppose I'm thankful that every day I actually get to wake up. As you know, I'm studying and a lot of people might see that as - saying "You know, there's no use towards it". "Look where you are staying", I believe if you want to build up to something, you have to start somewhere - you have to start today and maybe tomorrow won't exist.

All of the male members of the 'Bali Nine' are in prison here. But not all wish to be filmed. Most of them have had enough of that, including Scott Rush.

REPORTER: You have been the focus guy, it's odd. You haven't had much attention, he's had heaps.

SCOTT RUSH: It's unfair. Yeah, due to racism.

REPORTER: You reckon?

SCOTT RUSH: I think so;.. Dark-skinned.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: I think because it's easier to identify with.

REPORTER: He's the real Australian you think;.. the white boy.


REPORTER: That's interesting.

For better or worse, this yard is now home.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: If you want to see the garden, I made the whole garden.

Myuran Sukumaran has done his best to soften the vista of concrete and barbed wire.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Before it's all like barbed wire, can you see - it was depressing to look at. I asked to put bamboo there to close it off.

REPORTER: And they said it was OK?

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Yes. I tried to put these flowers inside here, they are really cheap - 5,000 - not even a dollar.

REPORTER: To cheer it up a bit, hey.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: But there was no grass here, but then before I came here, there was another Indonesian prisoner in room 3 there. Yes. He started to go out to the garden and start stealing little square plots of grass and we planted - put it there. And we planted it.

REPORTER: You did the whole yard there, cool. Have you done this before?

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Never. This tree I planted about three years ago. It was, like, little. Now it's, like, big. I wonder how big it will big it will be when we get out of here;. to give a bit of shade.

REPORTER: How big do you think it will be? It will cover the yard, maybe.

It can be tough on the inside, but in some ways even tougher for the families on the other side of the wire.

It's visiting hour and Myuran's mother, sister and brother Chinthu are joining the throng at the gates.

CHINTHU, BROTHER: We are just lining up waiting for our number to be called, so we can get in.

REPORTER: And then you have a few hours.

CHINTHU: Usually we get to 11.30 and then we can come back in the afternoon 1.30 until three.

Andrew's brother Michael makes the journey on behalf of the Chan family.

MICHAEL CHAN: Yeah, I try to get over once every six months or so, twice a year, it's a bit hard with work and everything.

REPORTER: You have to take time off work?

MICHAEL CHAN: Yes. A bit hard, you've got to do what you've got to do.

All of their lives fell apart on 17 April 2005. The day that Andrew and Myuran were due back from what was presumably a holiday in Bali.

RAJINI SUKUMARAN, MOTHER: I remember it like yesterday. I was expecting him to come home, and he didn't - you know, he wasn't there, and I was wondering, I thought his plane was delayed. I was actually waiting for him outside, and walking up and down, just, you know, wondering why he hasn't come home yet.

BRINTHA SUKUMARAN, SISTER: My mum was getting nervous and she was outside. I had a bad feeling came over me, something didn't feel right. I just got up and I put on the news and saw him on Channel Nine and I thought "Oh, god", and I started to shake. Nothing was coming out of my mouth, and my mum was outside and I quickly locked the door so she couldn't come in.

RAJINI SUKUMARAN: So after knocking and knocking and knocking she came, opened the door and she was trying to tell me that she saw Myuran on the news, and something happened in Bali, but she couldn't get the words out.

BRINTHA SUKUMARAN: Myuran Sukumaran, Bali, arrested - that was - after that everything just kind of caved in pretty much.

RAJINI SUKUMARAN: I felt a cold chill running down my body, and I remember falling on the floor. And I just couldn't believe that this thing happened, you know.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: You don't think that you are going to get a call and a huge scandal like this is going to happen. This is something like you watch on TV, right.

REPORTER: Tell me the moment it became real? Tell me the moment when it went wrong.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Yeah, I was in front of the - the hotel and saw a huge bunch of men coming towards me, not wearing uniform, they were, like, undercover or something. I was sort of like frozen.

REPORTER: What's happened, what's happened?


REPORTER: You know in your heart though, you know this is the moment presumably.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Yes, it took me a day or something to actually realise that, you know, this was actually happening, I'm getting arrested. Yeah.

The day in Bali began with most of the group of Australians strapping packages of heroin around their bodies and heading to the airport. Not knowing that the Australian Federal Police had tipped off the Indonesian authorities. They were walking into a well-set trap.

ANDREW CHAN: I was. I was confident I was like "OK, right".

REPORTER: Where were you?

ANDREW CHAN: I was at the airport. Yes, I was confronted. I was confronted by a few gentlemen. I can't exactly remember how many, but...

REPORTER: You realise at this point that something is going seriously wrong at least. What do they say?

ANDREW CHAN: Yes, yeah, look, they didn't mention anything. I just went "Look, mate, I have a flight to catch". "If you've got nothing on me, I got to go home, see ya". They ended up detaining me and that's probably where, you know, some seriousness of it really probably just sunk in.

MICHAEL CHAN: I'd actually finished work, gone and done some grocery shopping for dinner and got a phone call from mum and she was hysterical. Left the groceries where they were and pretty much drove straight home to mum and dads.

ANDREW CHAN: You know I've learnt to realise my brother is my own best friend. He'd always stick his nose in even though I turned around and said "It's none of your business", I know he only wanted to look out for me. I used to think he was a prick, but... ..but it's true, I used to think - I envied him. He knows that, because I told him.

MICHAEL CHAN: And some people say "Did you know?" Well, personally, if I knew he was up to something like that, I'd probably - it would be probably be more satisfaction for me to probably strangle him myself to death than to go through this pain and agony with him right now.

REPORTER: What did you say to your mum? She worked particularly hard all her life, and she was one of the - the breadwinner for your family. She raised you, worked, educated you, she's proud of you. What do you say to someone like that?

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: I keep saying I'm sorry. I don't know. I don't know what I can do actually to make it all better. Yeah.

Denpasar airport 2:00am - Lawyers Julian McMahon, and Joel Blackwell arrive to prepare Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's final appeal. Julian McMahon represents a group of Melbourne lawyers who took over the case pro bono in 2006, after Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran had lost three appeals in a row.

JULIAN MCMAHON, LAWYER: It's the end of the road really, they had three court cases in 2006 - they lost them all, sentenced to death each time. This is now the final appeal under Indonesian law - if they lose this, the death penalty stands to be imposed unless the President intervenes.

What that really means is, you are taken out of your cell during the night, taken to a remote spot, tied to a post, firing squad, shot. And we have to change the judge's mind and we have to change the President's mind. If we fail in that they'll die.

It's two days before their hearing, and Julian McMahon briefs the men on what the proceedings will be, they'll be admitting their gilt, and for the first time have some freedom to discuss their crime.

ANDREW CHAN: I don't think I was really going anywhere in life. I don't think, you know, I was achieving too much, even though I had a stable job and all. Yes, I don't think I was really heading anywhere, to be honest, you know, I've used drugs myself I was a drug user. You know, I know what it feels like to - to be, you know, one of them junkies walking on the street I guess.

REPORTER: But did you consider, which you must have, but did you consider that you were in a country with the death penalty though? I mean...

ANDREW CHAN: You don't think too much about - I didn't anyway. You know, most people think yeah, you would, but I didn't. It wasn't - more or less for me it was just quick pay day, that's it. Just think to yourself quick pay day, that's it - Nothing more, nothing less.

I did have a role in it, and I did some stupid things in my life. Just like every other person would do some silly things in their life, maybe not as extreme as me, you know, but as I said, I mean, the only thing I can do is apologise and that, I mean...

REPORTER: But what would someone - someone's got a 16-year-old, 17-year-old kid...


REPORTER: ..that's becoming a junkie right now. What sympathy will they have for you. I mean what...

ANDREW CHAN: They probably don't have any sympathy whatsoever for me. You know, they probably think I'm an A-hole, a guy bringing it in. I was one of them guys bringing it in and so forth. Truth of the matter is, you know, I did commit a crime and, you know, right now I'm obviously paying - I'm obviously paying a price for it. And, you know, there's nothing I can do or say that could change their heart.

JULIAN MCMAHON: So what else are you reading? You have Dante and Milton, two of the all-time greatest books.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: I have a couple of books on chess strategy and I don't know how to read them.

JULIAN MCMAHON: I'm very fond of both of them. They've both become lovely guys. I like them. They are a pleasure to work for, you know. They are on death row and they are kids really.

This is a really good book for you to read. It sort of is looking at American history from the point of view of the poor and the oppressed and the underprivileged and the Indians.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: I got through 20 pages of this, last few months I haven't been able to read properly, but the amount of people that killed in this.

JULIAN MCMAHON: It's unbelievable isn't it? It's writing about life for people doing it hard and the history of people who were getting...

REPORTER: Before this cell, before you came to Bali, what were the first steps that brought you here?

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Well, basically a friend of mine that I went to uni with asked me to come to a dinner and asked me if I wanted to join a gang. I sort of laughed at that. I was never involved in this in high school, yeah. I was, like, yeah, I'll come to dinner, sitting around dinner - they were talking about all this type of stuff. It was kind of funny to me, like, they pay for dinner and the nightclub afterwards and stuff like that so I was like "Yeah".

REPORTER: So it was sort of a party and drug scene going on.


REPORTER: There's a huge risk, whether you recognise it or not. You must have felt there was a risk. What was the reward?

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Pay cheque. Easy pay cheque.

REPORTER: What were your circumstances before that - there's easier ways to make money than risking your life.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Yeah, thinking back, yes, it's, like, because, you know, like, it's just the lifestyle, all the people that were living, you know you want to be like those people, get the girls like those people, and I was hoping to buy a car, hoping to start a business. Those are the sort of the things like I didn't see, like, myself working in the mail room for the next 50 years of my life. I thought "No, I can't do this", then you see all these people like in night clubs with nice BMWs, and nice Mercedes and there's always chicks there, and they was buying drinks for everyone and you think "Fuck", how do you do this on a mail room salary. So...

REPORTER: You've been given a death sentence, but you also are dealing in death. You weren't a drug user yourself, but the people that were going to receive these drugs - their lives were probably going to be destroyed. Did you think that at the time. Do you think it now?

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Can I be a little bit more clear - I have never actually sold heroin to - you know, like a user, like a junkie or somebody just ask me to pick up something and then bring it over here, and that's the end of my involvement, you know.

REPORTER: OK. So you're arms length but you are still in the middle. You are the key part of a deadly trade.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: That's what I was trying to say. You know, you see stuff on the TV and stuff like that, yeah. You see stuff about junkies, you know, how life is, but you don't have any feeling, you know. It doesn't - you don't know any junkies, right. Since I've been here, I know I fucked up with how it is now. Before you think only the drugs that I was close to was probably ecstasy, marijuana, and that's it.

NEWS REPORT: Shackled together Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan said nothing as they arrived at Denpasar Court.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: With the whole court case and stuff, I don't think we took it seriously. The press was all there, everybody was joking, laughing, the police were laughing. It was like a big media spectacle, yeah.

REPORTER: And then the joke turned pretty sour, pretty quickly.


NEWS REPORT: Andrew Chan was taken from the holding cell and entered the court with an air of inevitability.

REPORTER: How did you rate your chances then - that did you think would happen?

ANDREW CHAN: I don't know, we had a lawyer then. He said 10 years maximum. I was just thinking "10 years - could live with that, I thought to myself I could live with it".

NEWS REPORT: He sat impassively as the judge read out his lengthy verdict.

ANDREW CHAN: It increased from 10 to 15, 15 to 20, 20, and up and up and up and up. I could have picked up and started screaming and kicking, but I thought to myself "If I'm going to do that, what am I achieving nothing."

NEWS REPORT: With the death penalty handed down a clearly distressed Myuran Sukumaran knew he almost certainly faced the same fate.

REPORTER: Do you remember the moment when they announced their intention to kill you?


REPORTER: Tell me.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: It was pretty shocking - Pretty confused. There was a bunch of people who shouted out like in support of it. Anti-drugs people or something over there, and they started screaming and cheering when they found out the death sentence.

REPORTER: Well, it's a grim reality. There still would be people that would applaud your death. How do you deal with that?

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Yeah. I try to - not to think about it. I get a lot of mail saying that I deserve the death sentence, you know - yeah, a lot of stuff like that.

REPORTER: From Australia?


REPORTER: Do you respond?



JULIAN MCMAHON: Well, I can certainly say it would be a mistake to shoot them. They were bloody idiots, and they deserve to be in jail for a long time. The question is should they also deserve to be taken out and shot.

You just have to remain calm and focused. Don't get overexcited, don't get depressed. Whatever happens, just be steady.


It's the evening before their final courtroom appearance. Andrew Chan, and Myuran Sukumaran will make the most important speech they have ever made, their last chance to plead for their lives.

JULIAN MCMAHON: If you go back to 2006 on the trial, the first appeal, and the appeal to the Supreme Court, you had three losses in a row. Death sentence three times. So, just remain steady about it all. I know you are, but I don't want you to get, you know, too optimistic.

ANDREW CHAN: Like a Grand Final.

JULIAN MCMAHON: Like a Grand Final.

After the break, the two death row inmated open up about living life with a death sentence.

ANDREW CHAN:It's put me on a different angle to look at things differently, probably to cherish life a lot more.


Welcome back. In the final part of this report, the two men talk about their crime, their punishment and their attempts to reform their lives.

Denpasar District Court, the day has been set aside to hear the pleas of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

RAJINI SUKUMARAN: In the night when you go to sleep, you know, the last thing in your mind before you fall asleep is "When is my son going to come home?", and as soon as I wake up in the morning, that's what I have, that is what is in my mind. It's hard for me to actually go on day to day like cooking and shopping and doing housework. It's really hard. I really sort of miss him, and... ..I just want him back with the family. I just want to see the kids together.

CHINTHU SUKUMARAN: She worries a lot about us, and, you know, she keeps us close, and, yeah, it's been pretty hard on her.

BRINTHA SUKUMARAN: I think sometimes she struggles to let us do things on our own because she always wants to keep us close to her, so... The media was pretty much telling everyone who he was, and they're so loud that whatever we said meant nothing. I felt like people have already judged Myuran and made a judgment about our family.

RAJINI SUKUMARAN: The children sort of didn't go out much and they still don't. We sort of kept to ourselves.

JULIAN MCMAHON: You'd be shooting two young men who are genuinely sorry, who are teaching lots of other prisoners how to get a job when those other prisoners leave jail. I ask rhetorically - why would you shoot them. Why would you shoot people like that?

MICHAEL CHAN: Emotionally it's been a big rollercoaster ride, you know, from what did we do wrong as a family or what did mum and dad do wrong bringing him up, where did he detour.

ANDREW CHAN (Translation): I apologise to the Indonesian people, I also apologise to my family and I realise that my actions have brought shame and suffering to my whole family.

MICHAEL CHAN: What would I do if it did happen? Most days I tend to just block it out.

ANDREW CHAN (Translation): If I am pardoned; I hope that one day I will be able to have my own family and work as a pastor so I can give guidance to young people.

Before returning to prison Andrew has a chance to catch up with his girlfriend Farah, whom he met in Kerobokan.

FARAH (Translation): I visited my friend's boyfriend and saw him.

REPORTER: Was it love at first sight?

FARAH (Translation): Oh yes! My heart was racing; like that. And then he kissed me. Yes, you kissed me.

SCOTT RAMSAY: Welcome to Scott Ramsay's.

Back at the prison, there's a cook-up going on in the cell of 'Bali Nine' Matthew Norman, whose shared room also serves as the gym.

ANDREW CHAN: What sauce are you going to make?

SCOTT RAMSAY: Barbecue, honey, mustard.

MATTHEW NORMAN: You can kick and scream, at the end of the day you are still going to be here, you may as well make the most of it, do what you can to pass the time.

More than anyone Matthew knows what it's like for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to stare down a death sentence. He was on one as well until commuted to life.

MATTHEW NORMAN: There was a time when I was on the death penalty I thought "What the fuck is the point?" I realised it doesn't matter what I do in here, it still affects my family so I may as well be positive and healthy just for them because whatever I do affects them, and sure we fucked up, so we have to make the best of it for the family and stuff. I guess everyone's perspective of Myuran Sukumaran, and Andrew Chan, back in Australia, is what they read through the media, their nice people and to me they are just friends.

REPORTER: You are standing in front in a bureaucratic organised system and someone steps up and says "And we are now going to kill you." how do you cope with that?

ANDREW CHAN: It made me look at maybe one day I won't get up. One day I possibly won't have the chance to get up. So it's put me on a different angle to look at things differently, to look at things differently. Probably to cherish life a lot more than what I did.

REPORTER: Where are we off to?

ANDREW CHAN: Going down to the church service.

Andrew has become a practising Christian but doesn't wish to talk about it. He knows many are cynical about prison yard conversions.

ANDREW CHAN: Yes, it brings me a fair bit of comfort, yeah.

But much of his day is spent in prayer or religious study.

ANDREW CHAN: Better in my mind - makes me want to become a better person today and not tomorrow. I live every day as it comes. I live it though as my last. I'll make sure I've lived a good life, that I'm happy with, anyway, really. That's the English service, and generally I run worship with Anwar right there, the guy singing now.

REPORTER: It's an awesome wait. Do you consider this, do you consider the death penalty that it may be imposed on you.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Yes. Almost every night.

REPORTER: It's in the night-time because you are busy in the day.


REPORTER: Do you get to talk to anyone about it?


REPORTER: Andrew is in the same situation - do you talk about it together.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Don't talk about it.

REPORTER: When your family comes to visit.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: No, I don't talk about it.

For the past 18 months Myuran has thrown himself into creating activities and workshops at the prison. English classes, computer classes and art sales that have funded, amongst other things, this screen print room.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Do you want to see some designs? Remember the painting, did you see it?

REPORTER: In the gallery. Yes.

The clothing label kingpin, an ironic take on the tag he was given with devastating outcome by the Australian media.

REPORTER: What is the brand?

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Kingpin clothing.

REPORTER: That's your name?

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: That's what they call me, kingpin.

REPORTER: That's what they call you in the media.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Yes, Andrew was the Godfather and I was the kingpin. First they call me the enforcer.

REPORTER: You were the tough one - Marshal art expert.

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: I did three months of training and I became a martial arts expert.

ANDREW CHAN: Here I am living with my parents still, how many Godfathers do you know living with their parents.

Yes. I probably have a few thousand in savings and things. Had a car, had a bike. That's about it. You know. I didn't have a house.

REPORTER: A partly flippant question, but possibly a revealing one, what sort of a car did you drive?

ANDREW CHAN: A 1991 Hyundai S Coupe, so it's almost like a Datsun 20B.

Myuran Sukumaran's family are visiting a gallery in Denpasar for an exhibition of prisoners artwork, including many from Myuran.

BRINTHA SUKUMARAN: He used to draw when he was younger.

It's the first time in a week that I have seen Myuran Sukumaran's sister Brintha smile.

BRINTHA SUKUMARAN: This painting Myuran actually wanted to call it the 'The Brady Bunch'. That is Myran.... Michael, Matthew. Probably Scott.

REPORTER: Are you showing something to your family as well, is that part of it?

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: Yes, trying to do stuff that they can be proud of.

REPORTER: And are they proud of you?


It's the second day of the hearing, a day for expert witnesses to be called, and all eyes turn when the Governor of the prison Pak Siswanto enters the court.

JULIAN MCMAHON: Now, I was very nervous when the Governor of the prison came, because I didn't really know what he was going to say.

BAPAK SISWANTO (Translation): I am giving my view on the two sentenced to death. Since he has been in prison, he has demonstrated good behaviour. So Myuran has made a great contribution to the prison, among other things, he has helped give English courses to inmates of the Denpasar prison and also computer courses. He has also done sewing - that is how Myuran has participated there

JULIAN MCMAHON: He spoke with a great deal of authority and just said it as he saw it.

Over 20 minutes Pak Siswanto gives details of the programs that Myuran and Andrew have been running.

BAPAK SISWANTO (Translation): I strongly believe, as the prison governor, that it has had a very great influence. He has been sentenced to death;

Tells how organising those programs have improved them and, more importantly, given others a chance to follow the same path. And then Pak Siswanto offers a personal opinion, a stunning one for a government official.

BAPAK SISWANTO (Translation): If the death penalty is carried out and he is executed - for me personally, that would be a shame. As an individual, I can't oppose it, but instinctively my spirit says "œcan't he be pardoned?" Can't state officials show mercy? I'll leave matters of law to you legal experts, but since I have been asked for my personal opinion - I've given it.

JULIAN MCMAHON: I would say that is unprecedented. I haven't seen that in any place in the world, or even read about it. He's come in with the full authority of his office and said "We have rehabilitated them, they want to be rehabilitated, it's been successful therefore they should not be executed, and I'm the Governor of the prison and I know what I'm talking about".

REPORTER: What hope do you have of your final chances?

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: I hope to get a life sentence. I hope not to be executed.

REPORTER: What sort of life would it be for you?

MYURAN SUKUMARAN: It will be a life.

REPORTER: Better than no life.


Myuran Sukumaran.Well Myuran's hopes for a life were recently dashed when his appeal was dismissed. So far, the response in Australia has been muted, in stark contrast perhaps to the reaction of the killing of Australian cattle in this country. Unless the Indonesian President's now steps in and grants clemency, both Myuran and Andrew will be facing the firing squad.

Coming up, Myuruan Sukumaran's mother Raji, who arrived this weekend to be with her son for the first time since his appeal was rejected.

RAJI SUKUMARAN: I just want to tell him I love him and ask him to keep praying and his prayers will be answered.


Having a child sentenced to die must be one of the most harrowing things any parent can experience. For the families of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the past six years have been one long nightmare and the dismissal of their final appeals, the latest torment. Sukumaran's mother Raji was at home in Sydney when she heard the news and arrived in Bali this weekend to be with her son for the first time.

Many Australians have pushed their backs through Bali airport but few on as sad a mission as the one for Raji Sukumaran. She is coming to comfort her son, who has just lost his final court appeal against the death sentence. Giving some strength when she is herself devastated.

RAJI SUKUMARAN: I expected a good outcome but his appeal was rejected and I'm very disappointed.

REPORTER: Did that surprise you? The trial seemed to go quite well.

RAJI SUKUMARAN: It did surprise me. I thought everything was going good and the Governor came to court and gave a good testimony and Myuran was doing well in the prison, he was doing a lot of good things in there. I thought he was going to be alright.

Raji meets with her other children, Chinthu and Brintha who arrived before her. It is going to be a tough day ahead for the family, all still reeling from the courtroom lose.

RAJI SUKUMARAN: When I heard that he lost his appeal, I was very upset. Really angry, upset, disappointed - I did not know what to do. All I wanted to do was to hug my son and tell him that it will be OK. But I could not even do that.

REPORTER: That is what you're hoping to do today I guess?

RAJI SUKUMARAN: Yes, I am going to see him this morning. My children said he is OK but I don't know, I am not so sure. I feel that something has been taken off me. I feel really lost. I do not know what to think any more. I am still hoping that the President will pardon them.

REPORTER: What will you say to him today?

RAJI SUKUMARAN: I just want to tell him that I love him and just ask him to keep praying. His prayers will be answered and I'm sure that mine will be answered too. That's all we can do.

REPORTER: You have been here a few times now have you?

RAJI SUKUMARAN: Oh yes and every time I come here my heart starts palpitating.

REPORTER: Just the sight of it.

RAJI SUKUMARAN: The waiting.

At the prison, Chinthu and Brintha wait for their mother to arrive.

CHINTHU SUKUMARAN: We have each other but we really have to start compiling everything we are going to put into that appeal. I guess our lawyers will help but it is up to us now to fight it.

With all the court cases over, the process of requesting clemency from the Indonesian president essentially falls on the family, a vague process that will unfold in the coming months - A mother's job to beg for the life of her son.

RAJI SUKUMARAN: I have a few friends and relatives who are always there for me, supporting me but at the end of the day I feel alone. How much people say they care and they are praying but I just feel alone.

BRINTHA SUKUMARAN: It sickens me to think they would actually want to end his life and I do not see any justification for that. That is how it feels now. What is left? What do we do now?

REPORTER: You had that and sliver of hope.

BRINTHA SUKUMARAN: We did. Now it is almost like there is nothing left.

REPORTER: How has your mother been?

CHINTHU SUKUMARAN: She has been really upset. She basically lies in bed a lot of the time. She has been really devastated.

REPORTER: How has your sister been?

CHINTHU SUKUMARAN: She is upset too. It is really hitting them hard. We really thought we would win this one, we had a lot of hope behind it.

BRINTHA SUKUMARAN: A lot of anger and bitterness, I'm not bitter at anybody else. I am angry at him. Out of all this, he has never actually deliberately wanted to hurt anyone but at the end of it he has hurt himself the most and that is the reality of it. He has put himself in this situation and he is suffering the worst possible pain.

REPORTER: There is one worse pain and that is the pain of the sister and a mother.

BRINTHA SUKUMARAN: Yeah, I don't ever feel sorry for him. I feel bad for him. I don't feel like poor him, I feel like stupid you! I feel really bad seeing him in there and it is hard.

I am allowed in without the camera to meet briefly with Andrew and Myuran, and then I will leave Raji alone with her son to discuss what they will do next to try and save his life.

REPORTER: Raji Sukumaran has just left the prison after spending some time alone with her son and she joins me now. Thank you for joining me. How is Myuran?

RAJI SUKUMARAN: He was very upset. I saw him for the first time after his appeal was rejected. He is very upset and very emotional.

REPORTER: A bit disappointed I imagine.

RAJI SUKUMARAN: Very disappointed.

REPORTER: Does it seem hopeless to him now, he tried to do so much to build himself up over the last few years.

RAJI SUKUMARAN: He has done a lot of things inside. We were all hoping for a better result. He has not given up. He is still planning his next art exhibition. I did not talk much about the appeal. I did not want to make him more upset so;..

REPORTER: Have you talked to him about the death sentence at all?

RAJI SUKUMARAN: I spoke to him about it in the past but not today. Whenever I raised the subject, he will try and change the subject. He does not want me to get upset. He won't talk about it.

REPORTER: I guess you have to offer him hope, do you have any yourself?

RAJI SUKUMARAN: I keep telling him to pray and not give up hope. I'm breaking inside especially after his appeal was rejected. I feel really helpless and I do not know what to do. I want to help him but I really do not know where to start or what to do apart from praying.

REPORTER: There are no more lawyers to talk to say you are in uncharted waters now and very alone. It is pretty much you and your family now.


REPORTER: If you had a chance to speak to the President, what would you say?

RAJI SUKUMARAN: I would tell the President how good my son is, he has a good heart. He has done a lot of good things in the prison to help a lot of people inside. I would ask the President to give him a second chance. He has a lot of people who love him and we want to see him come home. President, please, please give my son a second chance.

REPORTER: Thank you Raji.

To help lobby for a pardon, the families have launched a website today called There is more information on that siteon our website, along with a behind the scenes look at tonight's program and an extensive factfile on who's who in theBali Nine and the sentences they're all serving. That's at



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17th July 2011