Indonesia

Guest Post – Thoughts on executing drug traffickers

Like most I have been watching this Indonesian thing with interest and have to say I do wonder about those commenting, are they truly that stupid, do they really believe what they say? I wonder, maybe they all work for the Herald?

Anyway I guess like most I don’t support the death penalty, our own courts have shown just how many times they have stuffed up justice in NZ, some of those poor innocent sods would be dead if we had had the death penalty so it’s good to know if your wrongly convicted (normally due to police pressure to make someone pay) then you have a longer shot of freedom. 

So back to this storm in a tea cup problem with Indonesia.

Lets start with some facts.

Indonesia has had, like some other countries, a rule on the books for many many years – you traffic and get caught with drugs you will be executed – period.

Indonesia is a country run with a very heavy hand by the ruling family, and they like many others with the death sentence use it to good effect (ok agree with drugs it a losing battle but hey at least they get some of scum who trade in this area)

So a country has a legal rule – execution for drug running.

Then some idiots like the Bali 9 and others come along and decide to try to use the country to bring in or out drugs.   Read more »

Awesome! Bali holidays to get cheaper and less Aussies too

Apparently the Aussies are all expressing faux outrage because some drug smuggling ratbags got ventilated.

They want to boycott Bali now.

Australians outraged by the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are cancelling their travel plans to Bali.

Melbourne father Malcolm Sheridan had been planning to visit the popular tourist destination with his family in June, but he’s now keeping his travel plans local.

Mr Sheridan said it was the only thing he could do to send a message to the Indonesian government.

“It’s quite barbaric what’s happened over there,” he told AAP on Wednesday.   Read more »

Islamic Beauty Competition ( No really )

Screen shot from aljazeera.com

Screen shot from aljazeera.com

It turns out that Islamic women want to be seen as beautiful just like Western women. I say this because a beauty pageant in Indonesia was created for them by a news reader who lost her job because she refused to read the news with out wearing her hijab.

She has found a way to combine the supression modesty of Islam with the dogma teachings of Islam. That’s right, it is a beauty contest where only the face can be judged and you have to also be proficient in your knowledge of your political ideology religion in order to win. Oh and you must wear a hijab. Apparently she wanted to show the world that Islam is beautiful.

It was a beauty contest where the women were being judged not only on outer beauty and religious knowledge but on ‘ inner beauty’ as well as part of the contest was to test their charity and compassion. In order to do that they completed a number of activities including visiting a home for the elderly.

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Tony de Malmanche’s lawyer is tugging on the heart strings

Diimex, via Stuff

Diimex, via Stuff

Long term readers will know I have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to meth dealers, traffickers and manufacturers.  The stuff is evil.  It destroys.  That’s all it does.  And Anthony is finding that out.

The Whanganui man who may face the death penalty for allegedly smuggling 1.7kg of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia hopes the comfort of a mattress and pillow awaits him at the notorious Kerobokan Prison in Bali.

Tony de Malmanche, a 52-year-old invalid beneficiary with an extensive mental health history, has struggled with harsh living conditions in his crammed police cell since his December 1 arrest with the drugs in his bag at Denpasar International Airport.

Should he die for this?   Yes.   1.7kg of “alleged” meth out on the market would have killed more than one person.  I have no problem with the idea that he has to die – it’s the way they do it over there.

That’s not stopping his lawyer from trying to get you on his side.

“He’s looking forward to having a mattress and pillow (in prison) because he’s only had a thin rubber mat to sleep on up ’til now,” his Tauranga-based lawyer, Craig Tuck, said today.

“I understand the jail, although harsh in our standards, has a lot more going for it than a police cell.”

[H]e would shift in a few days to the prison, which offered better living conditions than the police cell he shared with 27 others.

“It’s been very difficult for him to sleep and the heat has been intense.”

Prisoners were offered two small bowls of rice, a few anchovies and a slice of carrot as typical daily rations, although Tuck’s team supplemented his diet with groceries twice a week, a common practice by inmates’ families or friends.

However, some less fortunate prisoners with little support were very skinny, he said.

“I’ve seen some sights there where it’s just dead people walking.”

Last weekend’s execution of five foreigners and one local woman convicted on drug offences in Indonesia – including one who smuggled only 300gm of methamphetamine – plus its plans to shoot another 60 inmates had added significant pressure to the New Zealander’s dire situation, he said.

“He’s at a real risk,” Tuck said of de Malmanche’s chances of facing a firing squad.

To be entirely honest, the death penalty may be kinder on him than a life sentence in Kerobokan, the jail Schapelle Corby withered away in on the basis of some weed in a boogie board.   1.7 kg… it’s not looking good for Anthony, and the amount of domestic sympathy that this lawyer will raise will have exactly zero effect on the Indonesian justice system.

 

– Deirdre Mussen, Stuff

Let’s lift up the Burka and have a peek at Sharia law: Part One

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Example one: Pregnant young woman flogged in public

Example two: Gay men forced into hiding as law passed stating that anyone caught having gay sex  will be sentenced to 100 lashes.

Location: Indonesia

Example three: UPDATE removed as turned out to be fake.

Example four: Colorado School Requiring Girls To Wear Islam-Compliant Clothing During Trip To Mosque

Location: America

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Liberal hand-wringing over Kiwi criminals in offshore jurisdictions

Watch as the clamour to try and bring our criminal scum back home to  face “justice” in New Zealand rather than the much harsher treatment they will get offshore.

One such person is this Anthony De Malmanche fellow.

The liberal panty-waists are all upset that he might face the death penalty. Well boohoo, only the congenitally stupid don;t know that in most Asian countries the penalty for smuggling drugs at the very minimum is a sound beating and a long time in prison or the worst, a death sentence.

i have little sympathy for them.

The crim-hugging panty-waists though think this is terrible and one such womble is Alexander Gillespie who is supposedly a professor of law at Waikato University (snigger).

He is having a moan that these criminals are hard done by.

Two recent incidents involve Kiwis allegedly involved in trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine. The men were caught in Indonesia and China. These are not cases of attractive females with relatively small amounts of marijuana which would cause debatable social damage.

These are people who, if convicted, will be found to be responsible for the destruction of the lives of hundreds of others. Indonesia and China have a strong interest in putting these individuals on trial. This is standard practice as each state jealously guards its laws to protect its citizens, society and principles.

Accordingly, when people are tried for crimes in foreign countries, it is no defence to say they are foreigners. As the recent debate over the Malaysian diplomat returned to the New Zealand judicial system has shown, the public expect the law to be applied regardless of nationality.

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Looking for love in all the wrong places

Credit:  Diimex, via Stuff

Credit: Diimex, via Stuff

Being as thick as two bricks and thinking with his other head may lead to a very much shortened life for Antony de Malmanche.

The son of New Zealand man potentially facing the the firing squad in Bali after allegedly importing 1.709kg of methamphetamines believes his father was caught in an online dating scam.

Bali police say the unemployed 52-year-old, Antony de Malmanche, was arrested on Monday at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport after being seen acting suspiciously at the baggage claim area.

The head of customs at the airport, Budi Harjanto, said de Malmanche had flown in from Hong Kong and that Bali was his final destination and he was “here to get married”.

All the alarm bells were going off.  Even his own family told him he was being an idiot.  And still…

“His fiancee, travelling separately will be flying from Hong Kong to join him … They were in Hong Kong together. It’s possible he was going to get married using the profits [of carrying the drugs],” Budi said.

But his son, Ashley de Malmanche, told ONE News his father may have been caught up in an online dating scam after travelling to Hong Kong to see a woman he had met online.

He said he was surprised when he learned of his father’s arrest and said he could not afford to go to Bali to visit him.

He went on to tell the New Zealand Herald that he had warned his father about going to visit the woman.

“She lives in South Africa or somewhere. She said she would pay for his trip. I said to him ‘look, this is dodgy, people don’t just do that kind of thing – there is no such thing as a free lunch’. But he went.”

The woman bough him clothes, his ticket over there and money to buy a passport, he said.

He’s obviously a socket short of a socket set.  At the point someone hands you 1.7kg of meth to take into Indonesia as an entry ticket into your impending marriage, anyone with a partially operating brain would have taken the chance to back out.   Read more »

When in Rome, do as the Romans do

The Indonesian province of Aceh has approved a law that can punish anyone caught having gay sex with 100 lashes, a lawmaker says.

After a three-decade-old separatist movement, a peace agreement signed in 2005 granted special autonomy to Aceh, at the northern tip of Sumatra, on condition that it remained part of the sprawling archipelago.

As part of that deal, Aceh won the right to be the only Indonesian province to use Islamic sharia law as its legal code. Anybody caught engaging in consensual gay sex will be punished with 100 lashes, 100 months in jail or a fine of 1000 grammes of gold, the law stated.

I didn’t realise Sharia law was so metric. Read more »

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Is Wiremu Curtis a terrorist, fanatical dreamer or a genuine man of peace?

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The full video is available here: TVNZ Ondemand

Recently TVNZ’s Sunday program screened an article on Wiremu Curtis a former Black Power member, also known as ‘Haroon’. Haroon who insisted he was going to the Middle East to get an ‘education’ was allegedly stopped at the airport by SIS agents, and according to Haroon allegedly shown papers that show he had in what he describes in his own words “weapons of mass destructions.”

Now I’m going to be honest, I didn’t actually watch the program when it screened at the time, but after having my attention drawn to it from other sources prompted me to watch it and analyse it a little closer. Immediately things struck me as a bit odd, such as his comment that the SIS showed him papers proving he had “weapons of mass destructions.” It is all well and good asserting these types of comments in the public domain, as the SIS will never publicly comment on operational matters.   Read more »

Opposition to idiocy of plain packs laws is mounting

The evidence is building that Australia’s plain packaging law for tobacco is failing is now prompting other countries to learn from the Australian debacle and ditch plans for plain packaging.

New Zealand should be looking at ditching our ill conceived proposed law as well.

Ireland’s government recently took steps toward becoming the first EU country to require plain packaging for tobacco products, and the UK would like to follow its lead. In light of recent reports coming out of Australia, the only country to enact the measure, showing the law is not achieving its intended effects, it is paramount these governments reconsider.

Free market and taxpayer groups are concerned about the consequences of such extreme laws, not just in terms of health and safety of consumers, but their impact on national treasuries. As reported in the Sun newspaper the UK Government faces a potential compensation bill of between ÂŁ9-11 billion if it proceeds with the removal of internationally protected trademarks and intellectual property.

Already Indonesia is threatening to introduce plain packaging for beers, wines and spirits. And if other countries followed their lead this could have a significant effect on the Britain’s £38 billion alcohol industry which directly employs around 650,000 people.

But the Ireland and the UK still have a chance to stop this bad policy.

The stated purpose of plain packaging is that once you take away tobacco companies’ branding, people will be less inclined to buy their products.  The results thus far appear to be the opposite.  More than a year after Australia enacted the policy, studies by London Economics and renowned professors at the Universities of Zurich and Saarland (Switzerland and Germany) concluded it’s not deterring adults nor adolescents from smoking.

In fact, according to the tobacco industry’s sales volume data, cigarette sales increased by 59 million sticks in Australia during the first year of plain packaging, offsetting a four year downward trend. The Australasian Association of Convenience Stores even reports that its members’ sales grew by 5.4 percent.

Why are more cigarettes being sold when the goal of plain packaging was to reduce smoking? As any elementary course in marketing will teach you, a product becomes commoditized when it is stripped of its branding. The industry is forced to compete on price and consumers buy cheaper cigarettes, less expensive loose tobacco or even turn to the black market.

This is exactly what The Australian, a leading newspaper Down Under, recently reported is happening: nearly half of the country’s cigarettes are now purchased from the lowest price segments, up from just a third before plain packaging was introduced.

As the leading taxpayer rights group in the United States, the number that is even more offensive is the AUD $1.1 billion that KPMG reports Australia’s Treasury lost last year due to the growth of the black market for tobacco products.

While these tax dollars should have been in the government’s coffers, they were not because a record number of Australians purchased one of the cheapest type of cigarettes: those manufactured in branded packs and smuggled into the country.  The market for these “illicit whites,” as they’re called, saw a shocking 151 percent rise during the year.

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