Posted: 28 April, 2015
Chan making the most of his final hours
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In a bitter sweet celebration, Andrew Chan has married his fiancée less than 48 hours before he is believed to be executed with Myuran Sukumaran.
Chan exchanged vows with his bride Febyanti Herewila in a small ceremony witnessed by close friends and family yesterday on Nusakambangan Island.
Chan’s wedding was announced by his older brother Michael, “It is a tough time, but it is a happy time at the same time.”
“Andrew had a special day today, Feby and Andrew have had a bit of a celebration this evening and it was celebrated with family and close friends,” he said.
“It was an enjoyable moment; they’re married.”
Michael Chan, a brother of Australian death row prisoner Andrew Chan, speaks to journalists. Source: Getty Images
Unless President Joko Widodo has a change of heart, Chan will face the firing squad just after the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, April 29 (3am AEST) alongside Myuran Sukumaran.
Sukumaran has spent his final hours painting harrowing self-portraits.
Salvation Army minister David Soper officiated the marriage and will be Chan’s spiritual adviser as he prepares for his death.
Chan and his new bride posed and laughed for photos on Chan’s second-last day alive after the couple was required to get permission from prison authorities in order to marry in the jail.
Andrew Chan's new wife, Febyanti Herewila. Source: Twitter
Chan and Feby were engaged in February in Bali’s Kerobokan prison; shortly after Chan learned his clemency had been rejected and he was due to die.
Feby assured the love for Chan was not out of any kind of pity.
“Andrew is one of the strongest, kindest people I have ever met. I love him for who he is. And I see what he does for other people and that makes me love him more,” Feby said.
Overnight, Indonesia’s Attorney-General HM Prasetyo seemed to show a lack of compassion for the plight of Chan.
Both Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to be executed in less than 24 hours. Source: Supplied
He said although he agreed to fulfil Chan’s request to wed, he thought it was a joke.
“There was a request from Andrew Chan; I thought it as a joke. He has been isolated, so I think it was a joke but we will fulfil it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Australia has shown immense support during the men’s final hours.
Candlelight vigils have been held in Sydney and across the country for the death row inmates.
Supporters taking part of an Amnesty international vigil. Source: Getty Images
Candles were lit and paintings of the men carried by about 50 supporters outside the Indonesian consulate in Sydney last night, while around 200 others gathered at Sydney’s Blues Point Reserve on the Harbour.
About 10,000 flowers were used to spell out “Keep Hope Alive”, at the event organised by Amnesty International.
Flower wall that reads "#KeepHopeAlive". Source: Getty Images
Many saying they came to show opposition to the death penalty and to add their voices to the plea for the men to be allowed to live.
“I’ll be destroyed as a person if this goes ahead,” Sukumaran’s friend Kavita Brishnan told AAP.
“These two individuals have shown to have reformed and justice is about giving people a chance rather than just killing them,” Linda Lindquist from Shellharbour said.
A woman places a tribute on a flower wall. Source: Getty Images
Close family and friends of Chan and Sukumaran will say their final goodbyes this afternoon at 2pm (5pm AEST).
The men’s lawyers are still fighting with a constitutional court challenge into their clemency rejection, which is now listed to be heard, but not until May 12.