19 June 2011
AAP on The Sydney Morning Herald
The brother of Bali Nine ringleader Andrew Chan has appealed to the Indonesian president to give him "a second chance at life".
In an emotional appeal in Sydney on Sunday, Michael Chan said his parents were devastated at the news their son had lost his final appeal against his death sentence for his role in the plot to smuggle heroin from Bali to Australia.
"Mum and dad are finding it very hard and are struggling to come to terms with this
decision," Mr Chan said through his tears.
"Each day is harder to see the pain and anguish they suffer knowing their son is facing execution."
The Indonesian Supreme Court on Friday said it had rejected Chan's final appeal against a death sentence for his involvement in the 2005 attempt to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin out of Bali.
A clemency appeal to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is the 27-year-old's last hope of escaping the firing squad.
When asked what message he had for the president, Mr Chan said his brother didn't deserve to be shot.
"If he's listening, (please) give him a second chance at life," he said.
Mr Chan said his parents, who live at Enfield in Sydney, had not been given the news officially, but they were assuming it was true.
He said he had spoken to his younger brother since the final decision and Chan was staying positive.
"He's really clear on one thing - he's just going to keep on doing his best to be a better person, lead a good life, whether he's got a short time or a long time to go."
Chan had made great efforts to turn his life around, and was studying theology, participating in church and teaching other inmates English and computer skills, Mr Chan said.
"When he made his mistake he was a kid, he's grown into an adult in the last couple of years ...
"Hopefully the president can see that change in him."
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd have both said the Australian government would support Chan's likely bid for clemency, but his brother said the family had had no contact with the government in the past few days.