I see two recent news items from Indonesia :
1) a kiwi man, who was arrested for allegedly importing 1.7kg of Meth into Bali, has had his trial adjourned.. due to problems with translators ?
It was stated that he was just ‘a mule’ (carrying the drugs for other ‘ringleaders’ ?)
2) two Australian citizens have been moved to an island; to await execution (by firing squad) for leading the ‘Bali 9’. They were found guilty of importing a large quantity of Opiates (Heroin) into Indonesia. I hear that the Australian Govt. are protesting, but it seems to be falling on deaf ears.
I can only repeat the old saying “If you do the crime, you do the time” BUT does that have to include: the Death penalty ?
I find it fascinating that Indonesia has some of the harshest, most draconian drug laws.. yet their country is awash with drugs & it is obviously doing very little to stop it.
Here in Aotearoa/NZ there is a similar thing.. a zero-tolerance attitude to cannabis, yet we have amongst the highest use & arrest rates in the ‘western world’ (countries like: Holland, Uruguay & now USA who have decriminalised the drug, are finding their use rates are actually declining.. the novelty IS wearing off)