Convicted Bali Nine drug smuggler Andrew Chan has advised teens to make good choices in life, lamenting about the “agonising” decade he has spent in prison on death row.
Twenty-nine-year-old Chan, who is facing execution for his role in a heroin smuggling ring, offered the advice for a new documentary Dear Me: The Dangers of Drugs, which is aimed at high school students.
In an extensive report on news.com.au, Chain is quoted as saying: “You are still young and you have some serious decisions to make in your life. What you choose today will make what you become tomorrow.”
“At the end of the day, I’m only 29 years old and, the truth is, I might not be able to see my 30th birthday. How many of you want to follow in my footsteps?
“I hope these words will penetrate through your minds and in your hearts and that most of you, if not all of you, will achieve more than I ever did.”
In the document, Chan reflects on the fact he will never be able to have a child, and has missed out on embracing his family and friends.
“I have missed weddings, funerals, just the simple presence of my family. The hurt and pain that I don’t just put onto myself but my family is agonising.
“A simple touch such as a hug is not possible for a condemned man like me.
“My life is a perfect example of an absolute waste. That does not have to be for you.”
The Australian man is waiting to hear the verdict of a clemency plea, while death row mate and fellow Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran has had his clemency plea denied.
“If you want to be a thug and a big bad wolf, I’ll see you soon inside,” Chan said.
“But for those that want to do something in life, I’d like you guys to see how important it is to put your head down and study hard.”
Stay of execution hopes raised
Indonesian lawyers for fellow death row inmate Myuran Sukumaran hope to file a judicial review of his case, potentially stalling his execution, by the end of this week.
Lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis says the appeal is being urgently prepared after Sukumaran’s request for presidential clemency was rejected.
President Joko Widodo says the executions of more than 50 drug offenders on death row are needed because Indonesia faces a “drug emergency”.
The lawyer said the law must also recognise that rehabilitation is achievable, as in the case of Sukumaran, and his co-ringleader Chan, whose clemency is yet to be officially rejected.
Mr Lubis wouldn’t comment on the appeal specifically.
But the validity of the judicial review is in dispute, with the supreme and constitutional courts in Indonesia in disagreement over how many times they can be lodged.