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“ANDREW CHAN WAS INDEED A GOOD MAN”, by Robert McJannett


The first Australian face I saw when I arrived at Kerobokan Prison was Andrew Chan’s. I was at the half-way point of entry between the front office and the back office of the prison in a medium sized room with some bench stools and a long table.

I was suffering the onset of blood poisoning and was distressed from the past eight days of devious manoeuvres by the corrupt Bali police. The paparazzi were acting as crazily as they did with Corby and the Bali Nine.

I was a mess and would have taken the suicide option if I had been pushed any further.

Andrew had somehow got past the guards and into the holding area and immediately got in my face. I mean right in my face, asking "What's this I hear, are your whimpin' out mate?" He grabbed me by the shoulders, "What's up mate, come on spit it out, spit it out, what's up with you?" And so it went on and on.

I went on the defensive and put up a brick wall trying to crawl into my shell until the bad man confronting me went away. I was hoping I would wake up in the morning and it would all be just a bad dream.

But Andrew didn't go away. I remember thinking, "This cannot be the Andrew Chan studying to become a priest guy I had been hearing about." But it turned out it was the same guy. He persisted and persisted until finally I opened up to him and told him how I was feeling about facing a lifetime in Kerokoban for the lousy amount of marijuana I was caught with. That just triggered an even bigger effort from Andrew.

He then stepped it up a notch as he must have sensed that unless I snapped out of my deep low I would be going nowhere but down further the endless hole of Kerokoban. Andrew gave me the shakeup I needed to get ready for what was waiting on the inside only about an hour of paperwork away.

During the next month it was really hard trying to make my cell liveable while battling this severe tropical infection with minimal medical facilities available. Survival was the order of the day for me and at so many steps along the way Andrew Chan was always there to point me in the right direction or procure life's necessities from the outside of the prison.

Andrew had so many visitors... he was the man! He could arrange to have your essential items brought in from the outside.

Then there was Andrew's faith in the Lord. I was born a Christian and baptised in the Church of England but, like so many, I had drifted away when they stopped religious instruction in the State schools in Queensland.

I restored my faith right there in Andrew's church and, if nothing else, I owed it to him to at least support his ministry, so I went along every Sunday when I was well enough. I was honoured to witness just how genuine Andrew was with his faith and his driving wish to help his fellow mates.

Andrew Chan saved my life, not only with my attitudinal adjustment but also by helping me get rid of the blood sucking leach lawyer I had foisted upon me by the police. He helped find the only lawyer that could be trusted and not likely to run off with what little money I had and leave me stranded.

Andrew never got involved in anyone’s legal matters but he made an exception for me because he could see I really needed to go home, that the work he had done with me could only ever be a temporary fix and a long sentence was going to bring back the roller coaster nightmare. For that I will always be eternally grateful and in debt to him.

I am 53 years old and I have been a working class man my entire adult life and have encountered so many ex-prisoners in society, I could not recall the number, but never have I seen an example of prison reform that goes anywhere near that achieved by Andrew Chan.

When I met Andrew in January 2010 in that holding area of Kerobokan Prison and he did those miraculous things for me in such a short space of time... things that nobody has ever done for me in my life... I knew then that Andrew was a special man.

I observed him helping the other seven convicts, especially the young boys, Scott and Michael. I'm certain in his heart Andrew felt responsible for getting those boys into trouble and almost on to death row.

This must also have been a constant torment for him and it gives me slight relief from my enormous grief to think that Andrew will at least now be at peace and away from all his personal torment.

Andrew did not deserve to die and he especially did not deserve to die in such an undignified manner after a decade of torment on death row and I certainly hope he did not witness the horrifying scenes at Cilicap port where his mother and brother were monstered by belligerent Indonesians after the family’s privacy had been “sold” to the paparazzi.

Then a few hours later the Indonesian Government used its power to murder eight more men and create another unknown number of widows and orphans. An abuse of power over our citizens, the likes of which we have never before seen. To me an act of war!

Vale Andrew Chan... your memory will live on in my heart forever and your legacy will blunt the relationship between our nation State and the evil of the Jakarta Empire. For many years to come, so help me, I will carry on in the quest for justice and closure.

I will return to attend the Indonesian Corruption Commission hearings in Jakarta slated to probe the bribe allegations against the Judiciary. The right amount of money could have saved Andrew and others. But hopefully before then we will see the expulsion of all non resident Indonesian officials in every State of Australia and the Ambassador in Canberra... .

So, Vale Andrew Chan... my friend always,

Robert McJannett

Robert’s story of his time in Kerokoban is here:

http://pickeringpost.com/…/dealing-drug-money-with-the…/4815



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I've been hijacked. Posts on this comment are not mine.

This is a post by a police officer regarding the hype around the Bali executions and it's something I think more Aussies need to read ................................................. I can’t believe the mentality of people. I have been in law enforcement for 34 years and have worked in many areas within the force. After 9 years in, I spent nearly 5 years working as a UC. (Undercover) attempting to infiltrate traffickers of all types of drugs including amphets right down to simple choof. What a world of pain and misery. I was encased by the filth and self-destruction where I witnessed numerous deaths by either ODs or in a lot of cases suicides. Young girls selling their bodies for 10 bucks a go just to get their hands on their next fix.

I remember one particular girl who hung around with the collection I was trying to set up. She was 14 when she was hooked and on the game by 15. Her body was so ripped and torn by drug and sexual abuse she had intestines falling out of her rectum as a result of numerous rapes and sexual encounters where she tried to get payment. Her child was taken off her when she was 15 by Human services but they could do nothing for her but supply treatment when they could. She died at 19. Alone in a back street.

Where were you do-gooders. I saw you pass her on the street and avoid her all the time. I would give her food but she preferred to starve and get some smack rather than eat. I became depressed with my job after this time and had to eventually get into some other area. I guarantee any police officer who reads this will be thinking of some person they have dealt with in their career that fits this build. But all I see is you fucking wanna be Samaritans who treat these two drug kings as heroes. Ok I accept that you dont believe in the death penalty. I don’t like it either. But I am sure as shit not going to call on the PM to “Bring our boys home” No boy of mine would do this.

The media and the solicitors have played you people for the fools you are. You have never lived in the world of drug, crime and despair. You have been protected from it so much you live in the fantasy world where you believe you can hug everyone and all will be better. You are not qualified to even comment as to whether these guys should get parole or not. Have a look at our system. Or have you forgotten already. Adrian Bayley. You paroled him. You say the parole board stuffed up and parole him. But the parole board consists of people just like you. With your opinions and beliefs. That was a complete and utter failure. This piece of shit was a career rapist and the only ones we can blame for what he did is all of us. Not the judge. Not the Parole board or the police. Us.

The decisions like this that are being made are by people who never have to deal with these shitheads when they are in street mode committing crimes. You see them all clean shaven and in their court suits or white shirts becoming born again etc. You poor misguided fools. You don’t even care about the effects of what they have done to our society. Our penalties used to be tough and crime was low. When I started in the police force 34 years ago we called it “Marijuana” It was the biggest thing on the street. Crime was not rampant. Then the drug importing began and the addiction, the shift to powders etc and suspended sentences and here we are. Well your system has worked hasn’t it. Then you voice how much you hate police. But you ring us and run inside and hide whilst we come out and deal with the shit you don’t have the fucking guts to deal with yourself.

But you are right up there on your keyboards bravely shit canning the police for excessive force and filming it on your cameras. Here we are in Australia expecting the world to fall at our feet. “Lets boycott Bali. Wow you heroes. That will fix them. Won’t mean shit. You think Australia props up Bali. There are more tourist from Europe than Australia there. And its mostly the bogans one and only overseas holiday destination.

Henry Chinn. Know him? Bet not. Well he is on death row in China for trying to smuggle 270 grams of meth into our lovely country in 2004. Have you given a shit about him yet? No. Why? Cos the media hasn’t spoon fed you the crap to hype you up. Who are the two Aussies who were caught in China in last year trying to cart 75kg of ice to here? Davis and Gardiner. They are a couple.

China has executed in excess of 1000 people in a 12 month period. But you still buy their shit every day. You hypocrites. These two Australians will be executed and you will still buy their product. Second chance you say. You think these people have no prior convictions. You think this is their first attempt. Wake up fools. Stop hugging yourselves.

Two men died today because they broke a law in a country where they knew they faced death if caught. Had they have got away with it, there would be a countless number of 19 year old girls laying in the gutter dead. Quick run inside and tell yourself what a great person you are.

This is a post by a police officer regarding the hype around the Bali executions and it's something I think more Aussies need to read .................................................

I can’t believe the mentality of people. I have been in law enforcement for 34 years and have worked in many areas within the force. After 9 years in, I spent nearly 5 years working as a UC. (Undercover) attempting to infiltrate traffickers of all types of drugs including amphets right down to simple choof. What a world of pain and misery. I was encased by the filth and self-destruction where I witnessed numerous deaths by either ODs or in a lot of cases suicides. Young girls selling their bodies for 10 bucks a go just to get their hands on their next fix. I remember one particular girl who hung around with the collection I was trying to set up. She was 14 when she was hooked and on the game by 15. Her body was so ripped and torn by drug and sexual abuse she had intestines falling out of her rectum as a result of numerous rapes and sexual encounters where she tried to get payment. Her child was taken off her when she was 15 by Human services but they could do nothing for her but supply treatment when they could. She died at 19. Alone in a back street.
Where were you do-gooders. I saw you pass her on the street and avoid her all the time. I would give her food but she preferred to starve and get some smack rather than eat. I became depressed with my job after this time and had to eventually get into some other area. I guarantee any police officer who reads this will be thinking of some person they have dealt with in their career that fits this build. But all I see is you fucking wanna be Samaritans who treat these two drug kings as heroes. Ok I accept that you dont believe in the death penalty. I don’t like it either. But I am sure as shit not going to call on the PM to “Bring our boys home” No boy of mine would do this.
The media and the solicitors have played you people for the fools you are. You have never lived in the world of drug, crime and despair. You have been protected from it so much you live in the fantasy world where you believe you can hug everyone and all will be better. You are not qualified to even comment as to whether these guys should get parole or not. Have a look at our system. Or have you forgotten already. Adrian Bayley. You paroled him. You say the parole board stuffed up and parole him. But the parole board consists of people just like you. With your opinions and beliefs. That was a complete and utter failure. This piece of shit was a career rapist and the only ones we can blame for what he did is all of us. Not the judge. Not the Parole board or the police. Us.
The decisions like this that are being made are by people who never have to deal with these shitheads when they are in street mode committing crimes. You see them all clean shaven and in their court suits or white shirts becoming born again etc. You poor misguided fools. You don’t even care about the effects of what they have done to our society. Our penalties used to be tough and crime was low. When I started in the police force 34 years ago we called it “Marijuana” It was the biggest thing on the street. Crime was not rampant. Then the drug importing began and the addiction, the shift to powders etc and suspended sentences and here we are. Well your system has worked hasn’t it.
Then you voice how much you hate police. But you ring us and run inside and hide whilst we come out and deal with the shit you don’t have the fucking guts to deal with yourself. But you are right up there on your keyboards bravely shit canning the police for excessive force and filming it on your cameras. Here we are in Australia expecting the world to fall at our feet. “Lets boycott Bali. Wow you heroes. That will fix them. Won’t mean shit. You think Australia props up Bali. There are more tourist from Europe than Australia there. And its mostly the bogans one and only overseas holiday destination.
Henry Chinn. Know him? Bet not. Well he is on death row in China for trying to smuggle 270 grams of meth into our lovely country in 2004. Have you given a shit about him yet? No. Why? Cos the media hasn’t spoon fed you the crap to hype you up. Who are the two Aussies who were caught in China in last year trying to cart 75kg of ice to here? Davis and Gardiner. They are a couple. China has executed in excess of 1000 people in a 12 month period. But you still buy their shit every day. You hypocrites. These two Australians will be executed and you will still buy their product. Second chance you say. You think these people have no prior convictions. You think this is their first attempt. Wake up fools. Stop hugging yourselves. Two men died today because they broke a law in a country where they knew they faced death if caught. Had they have got away with it, there would be a countless number of 19 year old girls laying in the gutter dead. Quick run inside and tell yourself what a great person you are.

Joanne Mcjannett left the CFMEU after failing to clean it up bravely standing for election against thugs Kevin Reynolds and Joe McDonald and is credited with exposing up to $40m in rorting by the WA branch you should check your facts before running your mouth! We need more brave people like him.

I'll say this for the death penalty - it can bring people to a point of repentance and redemption. If Andrew Chan had received a pissy little seven year sentence, he would be the Andrew Chan of yore.

SO?

Pity he didn't think about all that 11-12 years ago.

this saga will re-written many times over to suit the requirements of whoever wishes to use it for his/her own ends.

Mcjannett is a CFMEU thug they are alleged drug traffickers with links to bikies and muslims in alleged drug running............brothers in arms he and chan......ARMS of the metal kind....SCUMBAGS.

Bali Nine kingpin Andrew Chan masterminded another overseas heroin deal that went wrong Rachel Diaz, 17, of Sydney, was arrested with two others in a Hong Kong hotel Diaz, a trainee hairdresser, and Chris Vo, then 15, were due to swallow 114 heroin-filled condoms when police raided their hotel room
Chan sent threats from Kerobokan jail to Diaz's Hong Kong prison cell, telling her to keep her 'mouth shut'
Chan set up at least 17 young Australians who were arrest on heroin charges
He was part of a 'predatory crime syndicate’, which recruited young people as drug mules
By CANDACE SUTTON FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
Chan and cohort Myuran Sumurakan were rightfully executed

Crap.

exactly!

Labor Mates one an African Chief the other a Water Front Warfie. ...http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/chief-maximus-osuamadi-sydney-nigerian-community-leader-was-boss-of-west-african-crime-syndicate/story-fnpn118l-1227333370293............http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/police-probe-uncovers-web-of-drug-syndicates-across-nsw/story-fni0cx12-1227333255806

Cocaime Import Agency -
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Two CIA Agents Arrested by Minutemen while Crossing Mexican Border with 1300 Pounds of Cocaine
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El Paso| A group of minutemen watching the Mexican Border for illegal migrants and drug traffickers, have proceeded to the citizen arrest of two men in an SUV, carrying 1300 pounds of cocaine. The volunteers were completely astonished when the two arrestees pulled out CIA ID cards and explained they were actually carrying the drug as part of their duties and that the cargo belonged to the Central Intelligence Agency.
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The incident took place last night, in the Chihuahuan desert, near the Texan city of El Paso. A group of seven minutemen saw a large black SUV drive rapidly across the border. They chased the vehicle in their own trucks and achieved to immobilize it after a chase of more than 15 miles.
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The vigilantes arrested the two men on board and called the border patrol, who proceeded to search the vehicle. They discovered dozens of packages of cocaine, totalling an incredible 618.4 kilograms (1363 pounds).......
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“Both of them had valid accreditations and a receipt for their cargo” says Shawn Francis Miller, spokesman of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the El Paso sector. “What drug dealer in his right mind, demands a receipt for 1300 pounds of cocaine? There is really something strange about these guys, and we believe the CIA possibly knows more than what it is ready to admit.”
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http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/two-cia-agents-arrested-by-minutemen-while-crossing-mexican-border-with-1300-pounds-of-cocaine/

OZ realist your fiction copper story fell apart when it got to the part about parole. Nobody was applying for parole. Those two were looking at either death or the rest of their lives behind prison. As for the 14 yo junkie nobody held a gun to her head and forced her to take drugs. It is their choice just as it is when they drink alcohol and die but I don't see any under cover cops hanging around the liquor store! Pillock!

Disraeli Hitler WAS all bad you are ignorant!

Yesterday you called Rob Mcjannett a drug dealer now he is a drug importer? Which is it? In any case I have it from a reliable sopurce that the AFP and or ASIO planted the drugs in his bag to stop him blowing the whistle on some high profile movers in Perth. What happened Larry why did you rewrite this part did the bad man threaten to sue you for defamation?

Saint Andrew of Chan, the patron saint of drug smugglers, a " good Man" because we all know pushing heroin is a victimless crime. Utter crap. The heroin users lives self destroyed by the availability of the drug brought to Australia by such "good men" for millions of drug money dollars.

Why do you doubt that letter came from a police officer? my son died from an overdose in 1998 together with 7 other white kids that week, over 1000 kids died from heroin in 1998, it was a bad year. This guy talks the truth, I have been there and I have seen it when I tried to get some answers after my son's death. I am not a cop, I am a carpenter and I came close to getting bumped off when I started asking too many questions back in 1998. We ended up having to sell up and move to the bush to get away from everything and I now will not go anywhere near the city of Sydney, it is an evil place. Anyone want any proof, I have a photo of my son in his coffin with his mother standing by him with her hand on his cold forehead. The bastards that put him there were evil asian drug dealers .

It's funny how it happens most when Kirralie writes a piece for Larry. It must get up someone's nose about Halal.