Originally Posted by Bjorkman_Girl
[*]It's times like this, it's good that I don't run a country. I'd probably be disrespecting them and their d!psh!t legal ways (referring to evidence) and be tempted to just pull my countries money out of there. But then...you can't go punishing a whole country based on one event. (Or two. Maybe. Good old Bali.
Australia should cancel all economic aid to Indonesia as far as I'm concerned. I'm not going to go through it all again, as I did in my wtaworld post, but Indonesia has proved that it lacks a credible judicial system, and this kid has been put through hell by the travesty of a system that they do have. We've had judges making prejudicial comments to the press that would have got them thrown off the bench in proceedings in most countries. The judges have certainly spoken in public on the basis of an onus on the defence to prove the accused innocent. This is what Aussies call a kangaroo court.
I'll think twice before I ever go to Indonesia again, if this is what the police and judiciary are like. I think everyone else should do the same.
She may still be guilty, I suppose, but I can't imagine why someone would try to import marijuana to Bali of all places. For those of you have never been to Bali, marijuana practically runs through the streets like water. If you hang around Kuta for a few minutes, on any corner, you'll be approached by locals wanting to sell it to you.
In any event, 20 years of imprisonment in what will undoubtedly be degrading conditions is a crushing punishment that should never apply to an offence relating to a reasonably harmless substance like marijuana. Contrast the soft sentences that Indonesia gives to people associated with terrorism.
I say let Indonesia go to hell from now on. No more Western aid.
(Individuals should still give money to private charities for the tsunami appeal etc., but no money for the Indonesian government until it does something about freeing Corby and fixing its judicial system.)