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Mercy for reformed Australians on death row?

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have become committed Christians while awaiting their death penalty.

At the time of writing, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are sitting in an Indonesian jail cell awaiting the firing squad.

By the time you read this, they may or may not have been executed.

Andrew and Myuran have admitted trying to traffic drugs to Australia from Indonesia. They both understand that they need to be held responsible for their crime but would like to be able to serve out their sentence in jail.

They have exhausted all of their appeals. All that can save them is clemency from Indonesia’s President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

A grant of clemency doesn’t mean the prisoner walks free from jail; in a death penalty case it means the prisoner stays in jail but does not face execution.

Andrew and Myuran have already spent 10 years in jail, and during that time, both have been radically converted to Christ.

Andrew is taking a course in theology, studying to become a pastor and runs the English Language Church Service in the prison.

He says that his faith has helped him cope with life in prison.

“I trust that this (death by firing squad) isn’t God’s divine plan for me, and he has a better hope and plan for my life.”

“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,” he said. “I can still contribute a great deal during my life.”

In an attempt to secure clemency for Andrew and Myuran, Bayside Church in Victoria started the Mercy Campaign.

Over 66,000 people have already signed the petition that urges Indonesia’s President to grant the Australian pair clemency.

If it’s not too late, please go to www.mercycampaign.org and sign the petition.

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