Indonesian prison officials say that they want to use crocodiles as their new prison guards since the beasts “can’t be bribed.” The facility says they are looking to place “as many crocodiles as we can” outside of a prison that houses drug convicts. The head of Indonesia’s anti-drugs agency claims that they are looking for the “most ferocious type” of crocodile to place on the premises to keep the inmates from escaping.
The Telegraph reports that the head of the Indonesian anti-drugs agency Budi Waseso has come up with a plan to keep some of the country’s death row inmates in place until their execution. The organization plans to make a new prison for the inmates that will be guarded by crocodiles. Drug offenders awaiting execution will be reportedly housed in the new prison. Indonesia is known for its incredibly harsh drug laws and for executing foreigners for drug crimes.
The anti-drug agency notes that crocodiles are being considered as prison guards because they “can’t be bribed.”
“You can’t bribe crocodiles. You can’t convince them to let inmates escape.”
The crocodiles would be numerous and “ferocious,” according to the report. However, the crocodiles are not the only controversial issue regarding the Indonesian anti-drug agency. According to the Guardian, Indonesia caused an uproar earlier this year when they executed eight foreigners for drug trafficking. Two others were slated to be executed that day, but they were temporarily reprieved.
Two of those killed were Australian and were executed by firing squad despite the Australia’s foreign minister’s appeal for a stay of execution. The Australian official noted that the two men should have been granted the stay, as Australian officials wanted to investigate potential corruption of the trial.
Following the executions of the two Australian citizens, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the relations between Australia and Indonesia “suffered” due to the decision of Indonesian officials to continue with the “cruel and unnecessary” executions.
“These executions are both cruel and unnecessary. Cruel because both Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran spent some decade in jail before being executed, and unnecessary because both of these young Australians were fully rehabilitated while in prison. We respect Indonesia’s sovereignty but we do deplore what’s been done and this cannot be simply business as usual.”
The Indonesian anti-drug agency is also being criticized for sentencing a British grandmother, Lindsay Sandiford, to death on trumped-up drug trafficking charges. The British grandmother says that she only smuggled the cocaine to save her son who was being threatened by the local drug ring.
The Inquisitr previously reported that Sandiford fully cooperated with police, providing names of all of the drug smugglers involved in the incident and was told she would receive a “lighter sentence” for her cooperation. However, when the trial came, Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death despite the proof that her son’s life was threatened. Ironically, while the country claims to be hard on drug trafficking, the Indonesian drug smugglers the grandmother identified received sentences of just one to six years, despite organizing the whole exchange while she received a death sentence.
The case has caused serious outrage across the globe, with many urging the British government to get involved to save Lindsay Sandiford’s life. With so many pressing issues regarding the executions of foreigners for drug crimes in Indonesia, it seems that crocodile guards should be the least of the anti-drug agency’s problems. However, the organization doesn’t seem to be backing down and claims they will continue executing the inmates.
Therefore, it seems the agency is determined to keep the inmates in the prison until executions can take place, even if that means bringing in as many ferocious crocodiles as possible. In addition to the crocodiles, the Indonesian anti-drug agency is also looking into the possibility of using tigers and piranhas alongside the crocodiles as guards.
— RT (@RT_com) November 13, 2015
What do you think of Indonesia’s plan to guard drug prisons with crocodiles? Should the international community be more involved in determining whether foreigners convicted of drug crimes and sentenced to death in Indonesia had a fair trial?
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