|Myuran Sukumaran (Australia)|
|Name: Myuran Sukumaran
Born: 17 April 1981
Nationality: Australian [Born in London]
Sentence: Currently on DEATH ROW in Indonesia.
Offence: Arrested on April 17, 2005 and found guilty of drug related offences.
In April 2005, Myuran, then aged 24, was arrested
for drug smuggling. He was tried and convicted in the Denpasar District Court, on
14 February 2006, to death by firing squad.
Since then, Myu has accepted that he did wrong and over the last few years, he has made the most inspiring turn around. He teaches computer and graphic design courses, giving fellow
inmates much needed job skills. He's also now doing a University degree in Fine Arts. He hit rock bottom but he has taken advantage of the rehabilitation programs in Kerobokan prison and is a testament to the fact that people really can change!
The Success story of Myuran Sukumaran - if anyone deserves a second chance, it's Myu!
Letter also contains a sample letter of appeal to the President of Indonesia.
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Petition to Save the Life of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran
How you can
Help: Myuran would very much welcome letters of support and care packages. If you feel inclined to write then please do at the address below. Normal sized letters and care packages can be sent directly to the prison.
Myuran Sukumaran [Australian]
Death Row Tower
Jl. Tangkuban Perahu
Kerobokan, Denpasar 80117
Best to establish contact with Myuran Sukumaran BEFORE you attempt to visit him!
Prisoners in Kerobokan are allowed visitors everyday except on Sunday. Most love to have a visit from somebody who can look beyond their situation and see them as real human beings. Life in an Asian prison is difficult, and more so when you have no one to help you with even the most basic needs.
If you wish to visit any Australian prisoner detained in Bali or greater Indonesia, then you need to register your visitation request with the Australian Consulate in Bali. Click Here to Register
Visiting hours at Kerobokan
Tues to Fri 9.00am - 12.00 and 1.30pm - 3.00pm
(Saturday 1/2 day AM visit only)
List of basic items visitors can bring on a visit day;
Fresh fruit, salads and bread, pizza, roast chicken
Aussie foods - sweets, biscuits, health food bars, BBQ sauce
Health Drinks, milk, cordial [preferably Raspberry]
Reading materials - Newspapers, magazines, comic books, puzzle books, self development books, CD's.
Australian Cigarettes [used for bartering]
Canned food/rice, fresh vegetables etc…
Any of the items below [see care packages].
Care Package items.
Please make sure all items are appropriately packaged and sealed before sending to the prison. Don't forget to include your name and contact details so the prisoner knows who sent these items and where to send a thank you!
Reading materials - Newspapers, magazines, comic books, puzzle books, self development books
Australian Cigarettes [used for bartering]
Toiletries, Toothpaste/toothbrush, soap, shampoo and conditioner, dental floss;
Laundry powder [Tip: Sard soap bar is lighter.]
Tinea Cream, Dettol, Savlon, Chap sticks [dry lips], cracked heal cream [Tip: sachets], Bandaids
Mosquito coils & Repellent [RID]
Oil of Cloves [toothache]
Cold Sore Cream, lip balm, moisturisers; prickly heat powder;
Cotton T-shirts, shorts, singlets,
Hats [baseball type caps]
Tips on visiting at Kerobokan
If you plan to go to Bali and want a reliable taxi driver who is well known to FPSS and takes very good care of foreigners travelling to Bali, then consider calling Simon on mobile phone number 0817367301 or to arrange prior from mobile in your country (+ 62 817367301). Simon works for the Blue Bird Taxi Group [Call 0361701111] which is considered the safest and most reliable taxi service in Bali.
The Condemned - Myuran Sukumaran & Andrew Chan|
From SBS Dateline - Back in April 2005, Indonesian authorities in Bali swooped on a heroin trafficking ring that netted nine young Australians, in the five and a half years since then, the now infamous 'Bali Nine' have scarcely been out of the news. Two of the nine, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were subsequently sentenced to death. Scott Rush received the same sentence after lodging an appeal against a life sentence, and currently all three are appealing death penalties. After months of careful negotiations with their lawyers and Indonesian authorities 'Dateline's Mark Davis secured unprecedented and quite intimate access to Andrew Chan, and Myuran Sukumaran, on Death row in Bali, the first time anyone has been permitted to film there. Here is Mark's special report.
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Lives transformed in shadow of death|
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran speak exclusively to Tom Allard about faith, giving back - and execution by firing squad.
Helping others ... Myuran Sukumaran, left, and Andrew Chan with inmates in Kerobokan prison’s computer room. Photo: Jason Childs
MYURAN Sukumaran struggles for the right words. His hands begin moving awkwardly in front of his chest, fingers clenching and then relaxing, then flying in the air. ''If I wasn't doing this, I don't know how I could do it in here … I'd just explode.''
Sukumaran, one of three Australians on death row at Bali's Kerobokan prison for attempting to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin into Australia in 2005 - and the most famously media shy - is standing in a room full of computers in the prison's library.
Around him, a dozen or so Indonesian prisoners are busy learning the ins and outs of spreadsheets and word processing, a project the 28-year-old has driven from its inception along with Andrew Chan, his former schoolmate at Sydney's Homebush Boys High, who is also sentenced to die by firing squad.
In an exclusive interview with The Age, conducted inside Kerobokan, Chan and Sukumaran reveal their personal transformations within the walls of the prison, as well as their attempts to bring about reforms within the notorious jail.
''Before this, there was one time when I like … pwaar,'' says Sukumaran, letting out a guttural groan to express the anguish of a life now lived in the shadow of execution.
''Since I've had this stuff … I've calmed down,'' he says, waving his arm around the crowded computer room. ''At the end of the day you feel like you have done something instead of just sitting around.''
Speaking in a disarmingly soft, lilting voice - sometimes smiling and talking in Indonesian to the students - Sukumaran seems far removed from his media portrayal as the hard man of the heroin trafficking gang known as the Bali nine: a martial arts exponent and cold-blooded enforcer who organised the drug run.
Earlier, he was laughing at the jokes of Kerobokan's governor, Siswanto, as he addressed the prison's leadership group. Under a new structure being implemented by Siswanto, and modelled on the Balinese system of village government called banjar, Sukumaran has been appointed a kelian banjar - the head of a group of 20 or so prisoners, including those facing execution and housed in the prison's maximum security wing, known as the Tower.
His role includes assigning tasks to prisoners under him, liaising with the guards, resolving disputes and even overseeing modest penalties for those who transgress in their jobs cleaning, gardening and making small repairs in the prison.
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Sukumaran finally admit Bali Nine roles|
AUSTRALIANS Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have for the first time admitted their roles in the Bali Nine drug ring.
Convicted Bail Nine drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran (L) and Andrew Chan at Kerobokan prison. Picture: Lukman S Bintoro
The admissions are part of a final appeal that seeks to have their death sentences reduced to 20 years' prison.
Lawyers for the Sydney pair lodged the long-awaited appeal, known as a judicial review, with the Denpasar District Court today.
“Our main reason for this appeal is that based on human rights no one should be punished with the death penalty,” lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis said.
Chan, 26, and Sukumaran, 29, were two of nine Australians convicted over the 2005 attempt to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia.
Despite being identified as ringleaders of the plot both pleaded not guilty to any involvement at their initial trial and in two subsequent appeals.
But in the new appeal both admit for the first time they were part of the syndicate. They express remorse for their actions and apologise for their previous failure to co-operate.
The appeal argues both men have been successfully rehabilitated and are now teachers and role models inside Bali's Kerobokan prison.
It argues previous rulings against the pair erred by finding them guilty of exporting drugs, even though they were caught before exportation actually occurred.
The pair should have been given more lenient sentences because while they attempted to export the drugs they did not successfully do so, the appeal argues.
The earlier decisions were also in error because they contravened international laws, adopted by Indonesia, that reject the use of the death penalty against narcotics criminals, it argues.
The earlier decisions also failed to respect the right to life enshrined in Indonesia's constitution and a 2007 constitutional court decision that the death penalty should only be imposed in extraordinary circumstances.
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FPSS Support Continues for Australians detained on Death Row [Bali]
10 April 2007 -
Thank you to everyone who has offered support to the families of; and to the Australians currently on death row in Indonesia. We appreciate your concerns and would like to reaffirm our committment to this campaign. We are doing all that we can to generate positive support to the campaigns in the hope that the Indonesian Government will show some leniency to these young Australians. We hope that they might be spared the death sentence, and transferred back to an Australian prison where they would have access to appropriate levels of medical care, family support and proper rehabilitation.
Please find below a brief update on our main efforts...
1. FPSS are in contact with the Legal Representatives currently launching a Constitutional Challenge in Indonesia. We have taken advice from them in how best we can support those on death row and have pledged support to all future campaign strategies in accordance with their advice.
2. FPSS advocates are continuing to lobby Australian Government Members of parliament in Canberra to ensure the concerns of our members are known to the Australian Government.
3. FPSS letters of appeal have been sent to various Indonesian Government members. These have respectfully appealed for mercy on behalf of those on death row.
4. FPSS have continued to advise other lobby groups and human rights committees on the various ways of proceeding to ensure the integrity of the campaign is maintained.
5. FPSS advocates are in close and direct contact with the Australians on death row in Bali and are fully compliant with their wishes.
6. FPSS advocates are continuing to provide practical support where possible to the families and to the prisoners themselves. WE also advise visitors to our site on how they can support the Australians detained in Bali, how to write letters, how to send care packages, how to assist financially. We are pleased to hear that over the past twelve months, a large number of FPSS members have even travelled to Bali and made direct contact with the Australians and are continuing that support.
7. FPSS are maintaining good relations with various media groups interested in these cases and ensuring that the information provided to them is accurate, appropriate and condusive to the current legal strategies in place and requests by family/prisoners.
8. FPSS continue to maintain positive relations with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [DFAT] and Attorney General's Office in the interests of maintaining the appropriate level of integrity to this campaign effort. We are pleased to report that DFAT are working extensively to provide a high level of consular support. Feedback from some of the Australians who have written to us recently, is that they are very happy with the level of consular support provided to them, understanding the
difficulties of their situation.
Rest assured that FPSS are doing everything possible to support the Australians detained in Bali. FPSS do not condone drug trafficking or illegal actions of any persons. FPSS does not condone the use of the death penalty. The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. It violates the right to life. Click Here for the ForeignPrisoners.com Death Penalty Page