Indonesia eight condemned drug traffickers defiantly sang praise to God, as they walked to face the firing squad on an Indonesian prison island, a witness confirmed.
The convicts (two Australian, one Brazilian, four African and one Indonesian) made the long journey from their prison to clearings on a prison island to meet their fate early, Today, Wednesday, while in a town across the water a group of tearful supporters was also uniting in song.
Instead of bowing to defeat and resignation, the convicts all reportedly refused blindfolds and raised their voices in song, including a rendition of “Amazing Grace”, until the gunfire from the firing squads rang out.
Owen Pomana, a former convict turned pastor and friend of Australian convicts Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, tried to buoy the spirits of those dwelling on the fate of the prisoners.
“Fear not, they have nothing to fear!” he declared of the condemned inmates.
Moments later, the eight inmates were dead, executed by 12-man firing squads after being tied to posts.
Just before dawn, their bodies returned from the island in coffins, some covered in embroidery.
Family members could be seen crying, ushered away by friends and supporters to begin the long journey to bury their loved ones.