Indonesia Update

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)

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2 Responses to Indonesia Update

  1. wow. I hadn’t heard about this until now. I agree, the death penalty seems so harsh.
    but, on the other hand, if these men were trafficking drugs in whatever country, i’m sure they were very aware of the laws. No? Sucks 😦

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