A statement from the families of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has been released with it saying “They asked for mercy but there was none.”

Andrew Chan’s brother Michael wrote a heart-wrenching tweet about the execution “I have just lost a Courageous brother to a flawed Indonesian legal system. I miss you already RIP my Little Brother”

Andrew Chan’s brother Michael had earlier tweeted: “Counting down the minutes until I loose a great Friend and Courageous brother.!! You will never be forgotten by so many”.

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The families spent their final hours with their loved ones on Nusakambangan on Tuesday before returning to the port town of Cilacap.

Chan and Sukumaran were allowed to have their chosen spiritual guides with them in their last moments after Indonesian authorities had a change of heart.

Salvation Army minister David Soper and minister Christie Buckingham were to give Chan and Sukumaran solace and their last rites.

Australia’s Consul General to Bali, Majell Hind, and lawyer Julian McMahon are also on Nusakambangan for official duties.

Ms Hind will receive the bodies of Chan and Sukumaran and take legal responsibility for them on the island.

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They will be driven to Jakarta by local ambulance with an Australian consular officer following the execution.

The Australians’ bodies will then be flown back to Sydney.

Chan and Sukumaran’s Indonesian lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis has tweeted “I am sorry. I failed. I lost.”

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