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Executed Bali Nine leader Myuran Sukumaran ‘could have escaped’

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Executed Bali Nine ringleader Myuran Sukumaran knew police were closing in on his group and could have escaped, but remained in Bali with his fellow drug smugglers, a fellow smuggler claims.

Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen wrote in a message published on Facebook that Sukumaran “cared and worried” about others in the last moments of the ill-fated operation, Fairfax reported.

“[It was] the fact that he cared and worried about the rest. Calm and collected. This is what I will always remember about him,” Nguyen wrote.

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“Myu could [have] panicked and left the country,” Nguyen reportedly wrote.

“He went back to the hotel where the other two were waiting. Moved them somewhere else, and telling them the most important thing at the moment was getting them out of the country safely. Calming them down and be aware [sic] what’s happening,” he wrote.

Myuran Sukumaran. Photo: AAP

During their trial in Denpasar it was revealed the Australian Federal Police had not mentioned Sukumaran when they alerted Indonesian authorities of the drug smuggling plot on April 8.

Indonesian police intelligence officer I Nyoman Gatra reportedly told the court he thought Sukumaran was a bodyguard.

At the time of the arrests Sukumaran was outside the hotel room and was pushed inside by Police, Fairfax has revealed.

Sukumaran was executed with fellow Bali Nine member Andrew Chan last week on April 29 at 12.25am.

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