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Call for redemption as executed Australian mourned

Pallbearers carry the coffin of executed Australian drug smuggler Andrew Chan during a funeral ceremony in Sydney on May 8, 2015More than 1,000 people mourned Australian drug smuggler Andrew Chan at his funeral in Sydney Friday following his execution in Indonesia, with his brother saying he should have been given a second chance. Chan — who converted to Christianity and became a pastor during his decade in jail — faced a firing squad with fellow Australian Myuran Sukumaran and six other prisoners last month despite pleas for mercy from Canberra. Both men were sentenced to death in 2006 over their role as ringleaders of a plot to bring heroin into Australia from the Indonesian island of Bali, and their execution has strained bilateral ties. The service was attended by supporters, Chan’s parents Ken and Helen, other relatives and Sukumaran’s family, who are due to mark his death at a funeral in Sydney on Saturday.

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