Is it just me or do you see stupidity everywhere?
We recently had an Australian, on drugs charges in Indonesia. It was a no brainer case, the drugs were in her bag. She claimed they were planted by someone else. Of course thats easy to say, very difficult to prove.
The trial occurred, according to Indonesian law. The maximum penalty available was death. The defendant ended up getting 20 years. Now, people are saying we should boycott Indonesia. That will really help. Do they have a brain? If so, why don’t they use it?
Who will it effect? The Indonesian governemnt or the poor locals who rely on our tourist dollars to survive. I’ll give you one guess.
Consider this example. An Australian arrives in LA, has drugs in luggage, get sentenced to 20 years. Do you think anyone would be calling for us to boycott the USA? Of course not.
In a poll, 75% of people said they believed she was innocent. Based upon what? Their feelings? How useful.
In truth the media coverage of this event, all the inane and stupid comments etc. only served to guarantee that the sentence handed down was hefty. The pressure was on, and the Indonesians had to stand up and show they wouldn’t be dictated to by foreigner’s. If it was handled quietly, there would have been more chance of a lenient sentence.
Fair enough I say, we wouldn’t have any truck with foreigners meddling in our justice system. Why should we expect them to?