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Indonesia to execute 5 foreigners for drug offenses

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What has Rupert got an opinion about drug traffickers for? I personally think drugs should be decriminalised, but still don't see why amnesty have a view.

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Amnesty's view is about capital punishment, regardless of the offence, not about drug traffickers.

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Sounds like Joko doesnt like foreigners. What next? Thats one place I will not be going to for a while then. Pity the people are so nice and the food is the best in the world.

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It depends on the " DRUG "; ..if we are talking Opium / Heroin, then, by all means; " Hang 'em HIGH " (NO pun Intended ); if we are talking WEED, which, from my understanding, is growing WILD in that country (in SOME places, if not all over), then this sounds rather EXTREME.

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In his first few months in office, he has ordered illegal fishing vessels to be blown up by the navy

If these turn out to be Chinese flagged ships, well, things could get interesting really fast.

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Well Indonesia is known for its Anti drug stance. While capital punishment seems severe, the government there obviously wants to tell the outside world and foreigners that they are serious about this stance. Remember some people dont recognize labels and billboards and messages.

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Karma is swift and unforgiving.

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Note to self: Don't traffic drugs in Indonesia...

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Besides illegal drug offenses, are there other crimes worth capital punishment under Islamic law or law of Indonesia?

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The laws in Indonesia are perhaps so strict because the country has 205 million Muslims and their faith does not lend itself kindly to drugs. Why anyone is stupid enough to transport, sell or use drugs in Indonesia is beyond me. If I wanted to do the above, Mexico or some other SE Asia country would be a better choice because there you can pay off the local authorities to look the other way.

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I "urge" Indonesia to tell the EU to mind its own business.

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To understand why the death penalty is mainly meted out to drug offenders one needs to know that in Indonesia there is a two-tier system of justice which is heavily weighted against the poor and weak. Impunity is the name of the game for the powerful and well-connected, the legacy of 33 years of military dictatorship. Thus "Indonesian Justice" is an oxymoron owing to the rampant corruption among the judiciary which with few exceptions is beholden to political pressure from above. The former dictator's son Tommy Suharto ordered the murder of a judge whose ruling displeased him. He served a light sentence. The most prominent human rights advocate Munir was poisoned while on a flight to the Netherlands. His killer served a few years and is now free while the government has shown no inclination to look for the mastermind behind this heinous crime. Of the perpetrators of the Bali terrorist attacks which left over 200 dead, only a few were imprisoned, three were executed and many remain at large. For those who may think that I don't know whereof I speak, I have family ties in Indonesia and I know personally one of the men charged in the murder of one of the most important anti-regime politicians, the equivalent of a Martin Luther King. He was given a light sentence, but never served it. The death penalty in Indonesia is carried out much less frequently than in the USA, but the fact that many foreigners are awaiting execution is ultimately not unconnected to the latent xenophobia among a goodly number of Indonesians, a legacy of hundreds of years of colonial rule. Executing foreigners for drug offenses costs politicians no votes.

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It is the law of the land, and foreigners should have now special privilege to be excempt from it. If you want to change it, change it for al.

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