Why smuggling 8.3kg of heroin is worse than detonating 1,020 kg of TNT in a nightclub

Why smuggling 8.3kg of heroin is worse than detonating 1,020 kg of TNT in a nightclub

5 March, 2015. 11:30

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | clancy@betootaadvocate.com

"the most dangerous men in Indonesia" Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been placed in isolation cells in Central Java while they wait for news about the timing of their executions.
“the most dangerous men in Indonesia” Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been placed in isolation cells in Central Java while they wait for news about the timing of their executions.

The notoriously fair, uncorrupt and apolitical justice system of Indonesia have this week clarified one thing that will resonate with many around the world.

That is:

Smuggling high quality heroin from Indonesia, back into your home country, is far worse for our people than a spree of terrorist attacks that span over four years and violently kill hundreds of innocent tourists and locals

The aftermath of the 2002 Bali bombing. A sickening site... But not as sickening as seeing a small amount of heroin strapped to a troubled teenagers chest.
The aftermath of the 2002 Bali bombing. A sickening site… But not as sickening as seeing a small amount of heroin strapped to a troubled teenagers chest.

This was clarified yesterday when the Indonesian authorities decided to transport convicted drug smugglers, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan to the island prison that will host their imminent execution, by manhandling them onto a chartered plane at Bali’s Denpasar airport.

Up to two fighter jets escorted the plane and up to 100 Indonesian military troops were involved in the ordeal. Equipped with high-powered machine guns and bullet-proof vehicles, there was little to no chance that the two handcuffed Australians would be able to cause any trouble – like they did ten years ago. Prior to the torturous, decade-long stint on death row where they were rehabilitated and spent their time teaching english and art classes to a grateful community that has since stated that they will riot if the two men are killed.

A Wolf vehicle carrying Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
A Wolf vehicle carrying Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

While the amount of manpower used in this operation may seem over the top, Indonesia are proving a point. That is, they are firm on Westerners coming to their country to buy high-quality heroin and transporting it back home.

Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the two men expected to die at the hands of a hypocritical state-sanctioned murder in Indonesia sometime this week.
Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the two men expected to die at the hands of a hypocritical state-sanctioned murder in Indonesia sometime this week.

Compare the crimes committed by these two Australians, to the crimes committed by Indonesia’s second most talked about criminals – The Bali Bombers -And one thing is clear.

8.3kg of clean, uncut heroin is far worse for Indonesian society than homemade car bombs being driven into packed out tourist nightclubs and detonated.

An Indonesian bomb-maker convicted of helping to orchestrate terror attacks on the resort island of Bali in 2005 which killed 20 people – including four Australians – is believed to be settling back in to society after he was released on parole last August for committing a crime far-less horrendous than that of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Muhammad Cholili, 36, was released after less then ten years behind bars for his involvement with the Al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah extremist network. This same group is blamed for a string of deadly attacks in Indonesia, including the 2002 Bali bombing which killed 202 people, mostly Western holidaymakers

Muhammad Cholil is released on Bail after murdering 20 people in cold-blood several years after his organisation killed 250 people in cold blood.
Muhammad Cholil is released on Bail after murdering 20 people in cold-blood several years after his organisation killed 250 people in cold blood.

Mr Cholili, 36, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in September 2006 for assisting slain ringleaders Noordin Mohammad Top and Azahari Husin to assemble and detonate the explosives used in the blasts. However has he has since been released for good behaviour.

The attacks on restaurants on October 1, 2005 left 20 people dead and over 100 injured. One of many in a string of deadly attacks in Indonesia, including the 2002 Bali bombing which killed 202 people, mostly Western holidaymakers, when a 1,020 kg Mitsubishi car bomb was driven into a nightclub.

With all of the political back and forth from both countries, the incorruptible Indonesian justice system seem to be the only voice that has remained firm on their beliefs. They are:

The barbaric concept of capital punishment – where up to seven men are hired by the Indonesian government to aim a rifle at a blind-folded man, who isn’t even a citizen of their country, and fire it at them until they die – is the only way to stop troubled Australian teenagers from buying heroin from Indonesian crime-lords and smuggling it back to a homeland that has a much more capable drug rehabilitation system and a remarkably more compassionate regard for the value of human life. 

Indonesia are not messing around. They know that that the only way to stop this trans-Asian drug-trade is to snatch the life from young men who have already spent a third of their life in prison.

Indonesia is sending a message that they don’t believe in rehabilitation, and that in order to stop this, they must kill the pawns of an operation that makes many well-connected Australian and Indonesian people very rich.

 

18 Responses to "Why smuggling 8.3kg of heroin is worse than detonating 1,020 kg of TNT in a nightclub"

  1. hero   March 5, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    a very hypocrite state who will slowly turn into a pariah state

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  2. Natalie   March 6, 2015 at 7:33 am

    In regards to Andrew Chan and Myrukan Sukumaran’s case President Widolo is murdering both boys for their Rehabilitaion not for their crimes they did 10yrs ago as it Dosen’t count no more as these boys have changed dramatically in a great ways such as helping the Indonesian Prisoners getting out of Drug-Trafficking as well as Andrew being a minister & Sukumaran getting his Bacholor Degree in his Art paintings. President Widoko is MURDERING them for their Rehab not for their crimes they committed 10 yrs ago but for they now have become better men to Indonesia and they both should now go home to their families, not do Prison Swaps as Julia Bishop pleaded to Widoko, as Andrew & Sukumaran already did their 10yr Prison Sentence. Andrew and Sukumaran are now Officially INNOCENT as far as their so called Crimes is concerned as we are now 2015 not 2005. These boys did their CRIME 10 yrs ago and it Dosen’t count today. This is why they both should be set free as they have their own lives to live in Australia. Andrew has a woman in his life, how can he continue seeing her if he gets Life in Prisonment as well as Myru. These boys have lives to live outside Prison and they cant live 4 the rest of their lives in prison. They both did 10yrs of their Prison Time & it’s high time they go back home to their families where they both belong. Chan’s dad is very ill & it would be right for his son Andrew to be with his ill father and his family not in the Bali Prison for the rest of his life as well as Sukumaran!! Both boys now should be out and getting on with their own lives!!!!

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    • LIz Browne   April 30, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Wouldn’t you “rehabilitate” yourself if you had a death sentence hanging over your head

      My sister’s friend and her 4 year old daughter were murdered by a man on parole who was a model prisoner and who “found God” in prison presumably to get a reduction of his sentence

      Has anyone asked the other 7 people who were recruited as mules to carry the 8.5kg of heroin and who are now serving up to life in prison.

      Can you explain why the executed traffickers were not carrying any themselves? The law is clear, over 1kg is death. It should not be up to the President to try to change the law or to set aside a supreme court judgement

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  3. Creaking Gum   March 6, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    While it is tempting to condemn the Indonesians for the hypocrisy that is so blatantly demonstrated in your article, the decision to go forward with death sentences against foreigners who have drug trafficking offences must be understood in the broader context. These poor young men are sacrificial victims of the international war against drugs, largely in service of America. A nod and a wink from Obama would spare their lives. Indonesia is doing the work of the West to perpetuate the war against drugs, of which there are no winners and only losers.

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  4. Indy   March 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Makes me sick to the stomach! The disrespect for Australians and life in general and the childish, dogmatic way this horrendous president has carried on, is barbaric! Not only has he shown what a soulless, evil, corrupt and hypocritical man he is, but he has also shown he is weak and a complete racist! Why not shoot ALL prisoners in your jails – as you obviously don’t believe in rehabilitation! All I can say is KARMA Widodo, and an eye for an eye!

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  5. Indy   March 6, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Also losing friends in the Bali Bombings and seeing the comparison of punishment – makes one wonder if those same bombers had been Australian, whether they would be walking free today!

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  6. Cedo   March 6, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    One word = hypocrites !!!

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  7. junkyard   March 6, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    ONE of the terrorists behind the 2005 Bali bombings has been released on parole after serving just half his original prison sentence – http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/bali-terrorist-muhammad-cholili-freed-on-parole-as-18year-jail-sentence-halved/story-fni0cx12-1227017261729 …. I can’t make sense of Indonesian law. How come mass murderers get few years in jail and drug smugglers are sentenced to death. Doesn’t make sense at all.

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  8. Keleigh White   March 7, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Wasn’t it the Indonesians that supplied the heroin that Andrew and Myrukan were there buying to start with? And wasn’t it only a stop over a flight in Bali where they were caught on route to Australia. Therefore the drugs were not intended for or going to have any affect on Indonesians. I’m not saying it’s ok to traffic heroin but it wasn’t like the Australians were their supplying the Indonesians with the stuff. It was the other way around.
    If these two Australian citizens are executed for a mistake they made 10 years ago killing them isn’t going to teach them a lesson. It won’t bother them cause they will be dead.
    The only people that will be hurt as a result of their deaths will be innocent ones. Their family’s and friends will be the ones left to suffer the sadness of their deaths for the rest of their lives. It won’t stop or change the heroin trade, that can only be done with educating people so they don’t start taking the drug to begin with. Then and only if the demand for the stuff stops will the suppliers have no need to make it.
    If Andrew and Myrukan are executed over this then the Indonesians ordering their murders are no better and on equal par to the crimes being committed by ‘jahed John’ the British/Isis terriost in Syria that’s been taking foreigners hostage then broadcasting to the world as he cuts the heads off American, Japanese, and Australian hostages over the recent months.
    Australian tourists spend millions of dollars in Indonesia every year. There are so many people that will boycott their country if they go ahead with these murders that it will surely affect their economy.
    Indonesia has already taken too many lives of Australian citizens. (Bali bombings 2002) Spare these boys their lives and Send them home. They have learnt their lessons.

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  10. Diana Carlton   March 7, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    How disgusting, is that????? That guy gets away with actual murder of a number of people and Chan and Sukumaran, who obviously did the wrong thing but it didn’t make it to the streets, gets the death penalty. I am totally disgusted. Double standards. I’ll never, ever in my lifetime go to Indonesia, despite the fact I know some really nice people from Indonesia. I just totally disagree with their weird laws.

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  11. Judith   March 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    How can you compare the value of the lives of innocent people who were killed because they happened to be in a particular place at a particular time, with people who deliberately take drugs into their bodies? Come on – although I don’t believe in the death penalty for any reason, Chan and Sukumaran either had $ signs in their eyes, or were aware of the consequences of their actions, both in Indonesia and Australia and they took the chance.

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  12. Jemingun   March 8, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Hahahha…. poor you are

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  13. Kate   March 9, 2015 at 7:01 am

    On what basis can you claim that smuggling 8.3 kg of heroin is worse than detonating 1020 kg of TNT in night club? That is just an absurd claim on so many levels. It is extremely unlikely that such an amount of heroin would kill anywhere near the amount of people as this bomb did; there is actually a fair chance that this particular batch of heroin would not have killed one single Australian. In 2005 (the year that the Bali nine attempted to smuggle the heroin)131 Australians sadly died from heroin, and around this same time it is estimated that Australians consumed 2 to 8 tons of heroin per year, meaning that one Australian died for every 15.2 to 60.6 kg of heroin that was imported to Australia. So how can you possibly claim that smuggling 8.3 kg of heroin is worse than detonating a bomb that killed 202 innocent people.

    I spite of the fact of which crime killed more people, it is surely the nature of the crime that should be given more consideration when considering the punishment. Because if you do not follow this logic surely you should also execute tobacconists, as tobacco kills a lot more people than illegal drugs. The same year that the Bali nine attempted to smuggle heroin into Australia it is estimated that 14902 Australians died from smoking related diseases; this is a lot more than the 131 people who died from heroin.

    A lot of people seem to have that attitude that the law is the law, therefore everyone should leave Indonesia to shoot the drug mules. But the Indonesian government strongly lobby to save their own citizens from being executed for DRUG trafficking in other countries. Also you couldn’t really say that the Indonesian government are exactly following their own rule of law themselves when considering that Jokowi has suddenly dismissed the avenue for clemency.

    I really do not want to offend anybody, as I can truly appreciate your desperation to eradicate the drug problem, however all evidence suggests that the death penalty is not a deterrent. By supporting the death penalty you are merely supporting mindless revenge; that is just blatant fact.

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    • Kate   March 10, 2015 at 3:04 am

      I am such a fool, I just realised that this is a send up. It is just that this article seems no different to many of the opinions I have read online.

      This article is clearly in poor taste, but I must admit you have lightened my spirits by making me laugh at the absurdity of this sad situation; I can’t believe you inticed me to write such a long winded comment.

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  14. Richard scott   March 10, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    i would like to swap some teenagers who made a mistake with some child rapists and psychopaths that fill our goals
    They can shoot as many of our unrepentant criminals as they like
    We could let them shoot 10 torturers of innocent people for each kid they give us back

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