Andrew Chan, the leader of the Bali Nine drug smugglers, was cremated today.

More than 1,500 people attended the Sydney funeral and heard his own words in a eulogy condemning the death penalty.

Chan was executed in Indonesia on April 29, along with friend and fellow Bali Nine member, Myuran Sukumaran.

Chris Thompson reports.


For family and friends of Andrew Chan it was a sad and slightly bitter day, in which they shared their memories and affection for the executed Bali Nine ringleader.

The church hall in Sydney’s Baulkham Hills was packed with those wanting to show support.

Many didn’t know him personally.

His brother, Michael Chan, wanted to celebrate his life, rather than dwell on death.

Michael Chan, brother: “I will miss those stupid arguments we would have, whose NRL team is better, Dogs or the Panthers?  I will also allow this one time for your nephew to follow the Panthers as he grows up.”

He told the funeral that his brother wanted everyone to continue to fight the death penalty.

Chan married just two days before his death and his new wife spoke about his decision to wear glasses at the execution.

Febyanti Herewila-Chan, wife: “That night he chose to wear it, because he wanted to look them in the eyes. He ended well.”

Chan’s childhood friend, Mark Soper, read a eulogy Chan wrote himself .

Mark Soper, Childhood friend: “Now I know it’s a sad day and we all wished it hadn’t come to this. However, it’s funny that even in death, there is a lesson to be learnt.”

He said everybody deserves a second chance.

The mother of the other Bali Nine member executed, Myuran Sukumaran, was at the funeral.

Raji Sukumaran has now written an emotional letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

In it she says “I hope that your children, your grandchildren, your nephews and nieces never make a mistake.”

Myuran Sukumaran’s funeral will take place tomorrow.

Chris Thompson, QUT News.