Bali 9: The Untold Story, written by two of Australia’s most respected journalists, tells a harrowing story. Earlier this year convicted Bali 9 drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran sang Amazing Grace as they faced a firing squad after being denied presidential pardons and having lost their final appeals in the notorious Indonesian justice system. Relations between Australia and Indonesia plummeted to new lows as a result of the murderous Widoto regimes embrace of the death sentence.
At the same time as Widoto ignored appeals on behalf of the two Australians, he gave clemency to three murderers who were also on death row.
When a heroin importation plan went badly wrong, nine Australians paid a heavy price
On 17 April 2005, nine young Australians were arrested in Bali on charges of drug trafficking. Known as the ‘Bali 9’, some members received the death penalty for their crimes; others are serving lengthy jail sentences.
Authors Madonna King and Cindy Wockner, were present at the trials and sentencing. They have used their investigative skills to piece together the whole story, from arrest to jail in the lead up to their harrowing final journey to execution island.
With the co-operation of several family members of the Bali 9, the authors explore the histories of the nine to uncover why these young people would take such a perilous risk. They also look at the controversial role of the Australian Federal Police. As former Foreign Minister Bob Carr has declared, the AFP have blood on their hands for alerting the Indonesian police to the activities of the group; when they could easily have arrested them back in Australia.
A compelling, clear-eyed portrait of an unforgettable chapter in Australia’s history, Bali 9 features details and photographs from the trials. It also serves as a chilling warning to all parents: this could be your child.
With the so-called ring-leaders of the group, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, already transferred from prison to the island where their execution by firing squad will take place, the story of the Bali 9 is current, compelling and impossible to turn away from.