“How would you feel if it was your son?”
Raji Sukumaran, the mother of executed drug convict Myuran Sukumaran, has asked Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to place himself in her shoes even as she is set to bury her son on Saturday.
Sukumaran was executed on April 29, 2015 after languishing in Indonesia’s d***h row since 2006. He and fellow Australian Andrew Chan were found guilty of being the leaders of a drug-smuggling ring known as the “Bali Nine” and were sentenced to d*e by firing squad.
Sukumaran, Chan and their members were caught by authorities inside a hotel room possessing 334 grams of heroin and assorted drug paraphernalia.
President Widodo rejected Sukumaran appeal for clemency last December; paving the way for his execution.
In the letter, Sukumaran’s mother criticized Widodo for ignoring their family’s repeated requests to meet him.
“I asked to meet you, to speak to you but once again you could not even have the courage to face our requests to communicate with you,” she wrote, adding she wondered if Widodo thought of the personal circumstances of each person whose execution order he signed.
“I am not sure where you were as the men you ordered to k****d my son…pulled the trigger…but I am sure you were far away.”
Describing her son as a changed man “full of life, love and passion” who helped his fellow prisoners, Sukumaran said he never expected to be set free.
“All he asked was he not be k****d,” she wrote.
Sukumaran then said hopes President Widodo would never have to undergo the pain she felt from losing her son.
“I hope your children, your grandchildren, your nephews and nieces never make a mistake,” she wrote; adding she prays Widodo’s wife would read the letter and empathize with her as a mother.
President Widodo and his wife have three children.
“I was punished for 10 years as well for his crime, and I will be punished for the rest of my life now because you took his life,” Sukumaran wrote.
In the end, she dedicated her letter to all the prisoners on d***h row and their families, and hopes Widodo would someday have “the courage to look beyond the politics” and see that these condemned people has families, too.
Read the full letter here.