Rodrigo Gularte, the Brazilian among the eight drug traffickers executed in Indonesia on Wednesday did not know that he was going to die, says his priest.
Father Charlie Burrows has said that Rodrigo Gularte was hearing voices and did not understand that he was to be shot by firing squad until the end.
Gularte had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Father Charlie Burrows said he had tried to prepare Gularte for his execution but that the Brazilian had not realised what was happening to him until his final moments.
“I had time to get him ready because he had to be put in chains, because he doesn’t like being touched,” he told ABC News Australia.
“He started to get the message, and when the chains started going on he said to me, ‘Oh no, oh Father, am I being executed?'”
Father Burrows said that Gularte had been hearing voices in his final days that had promised him that everything would be fine.
“He believes the voices more than he does anybody else,” he said
He was the second Brazilian to be executed for drug smuggling in Indonesia in four months.
Earlier, Brazil described the latest execution was “a serious event in the relations between the two countries”.
Gularte, 42, was arrested in 2004 for trying to smuggle cocaine into Indonesia hidden in surfing gear.
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