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Indonesia execution: Who is Myuran Sukumaran?


Myuran Sukumaran was one of the eight prisoners who were executed by the Indonesian firing squad early on Wednesday. One Filipino woman got a last-minute reprieve, said Indonesian news sources. [Indonesia executes 8 drug convicts, defies global anger]

Who is Myuran Sukumaran?

Born on April 17, 1981, Sukumaran was a British-Australian who was convicted for drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine group. He was arrested at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta, Indonesia, with three others in 2005. [Australia withdraws ambassador to Indonesia]


Sukumaran was sentenced to execution by firing in Feb 2006 for drug trafficking

Police seized 334 grams of heroin in a suitcase from the hotel room and Sukumaran, along with Andrew Chan, were alleged leaders of the heroin-smuggling operation between Indonesia and Australia. Sukumaran was sentenced to execution by the firing squad on February 14, 2006, by the Denpasar District Court.

Sukumaran's plea was rejected, Indonesian President refused to pardon them

Sukumaran's appeal against the sentence was dismissed by the Bali High Court and later affirmed by the Indonesian Supreme Court. On December 30, 2014, Sukumaran's plea for clemency was rejected by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and the fates of Sukumaran and Chan were sealed. The duo was executed with six others on April 29, 2015.

Both Sukumaran and Chan both went to Homebush Boys High School four years apart. Sukumaran, went to the university but dropped out and worked at State Street Corporation, an American investment bank, and the passport office in Sydney.

Sukumaran was trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

He was trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Sukumaran taught English, computer, graphic design and philosophy classes to prisoners. He also painted self-portraits while in Nusakambangan, the prison island of Indonesia, where he and Chan were shifted in March this year.

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