5 March, 2015. 11:30
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | [email protected]
The notoriously fair, uncorrupt and apolitical justice system of Indonesia have this week clarified one thing that will resonate with many around the world.
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
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.
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.
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
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.