Thursday, July 5, 2012

Schapelle Corby & The People Smugglers

Click on the image to enlarge & read it. (Documentary exposing the corruption that jailed an innocent woman here and some newly leaked evidence here).

Seems Indonesian President SBY is demanding the release of his people smugglers. This is hypocritical. Why? Because to ask for justice and mercy, you have to give it.  President SBY wants an awful lot from Australia, while giving very little in return.

When Australian Schapelle Corby was sentenced to 20 years jail in Bali for possession of 4.2 kilos of marijuana (in squalid conditions, compared to Australian jails), the highest sentence ever given to an Indonesian for a similar crime was just 5 years, and one man found with 161 kilos of the drug got just 10 years.  That's proved in this 2005 fax from Schapelle's Indonesian lawyer to then Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

Then (of course), let's not forget the tiny (by comparison), 14 year 6 month sentence given to Indonesian Khairul Rozi when he was found in possession of 1.7 tons of marijuana, in 2009.  Here's the Indonesian news article about that, and here's the Google translation.

And as this clear graph shows, before the recent five year reduction in Schapelle's sentence, her term was over 8 times higher than the average Indonesian (for the same crime), and even after the reduction, it's over 6 times higher.  Those figures were compiled from information given to her support group by Indonesian justice activist Arifin Wardiyanto (which can also be seen in this table).

But, even more shockingly, Indonesian terrorist Umar Patek was recently given 20 years (the same sentence as Schapelle for 4.2 kilos of marijuana), for helping to murder over 200 people, including 88 Australians.  Here's some more background on that, including a widely distributed "Letter to the Editor," and here's a flyer/news ad.

And here's even more news.  The term "People smuggler" is all over Twitter, every day - so as often as possible, I'll do a search on those words, and send this tweet in reply, linking to this blog post:

Indonesian hypocrisy on people smugglers exposed here