Judging from the prison treatment being received by two of Indonesia’s biggest celebrity inmates, smuggling pot is a much more serious crime than assassinating a Supreme Court judge.
Indcoup notes that imprisonment hasn’t prevented Tommy Suharto from living the high life.:
Money goes a long way in Indonesia - even if you’ve ordered the murder of a Supreme Court Judge.
Tommy Suharto’s original prison sentence for this indefensible crime was 15 years (why wasn’t it life?), but through some unseen magical forces it has now been cut down to just seven years.
He’s even had his cell in Batu prison spruced up a bit: cable TV, private fishponds and badminton court, as well as special quarters to receive his many girlfriends.
Not that Tommy’s often there to make use of these facilities however.
An astonishing report published yesterday reveals that this arsehole spent 13 days in Jakarta over the last one month:
In the records showed to Detik.com, Tommy obtained permission to go to Jakarta between February 8-13 and February 17-22. Earlier Tommy had also been given permission to leave between January 25-30. In total, Tommy has been able to enjoy freedom for 13 days in a period of just one month. …
But what’s really incredible is news that he’s been staying at his luxury villa in the outskirts of western Jakarta, rather than in the VIP suite at Gatot Subroto hospital!!!
Meanwhile celebrity Australian prisoner Shapelle Corby is seemingly not just stuck in prison - she’s now become a zoo attraction.:
My name is Eddie Hutauruk and I have been running tours in Bali for over 8 years. Schapelle Corby Tours is our latest venture, and is fully respectful of Schapelle and her situation.
For further information or suggestions, email me at:
Shapelle Corby is a convicted Australian drug runner, and my tours allow people to see Schapelle in her cage at Kerobokan Prison in Bali. Tours can be arranged for most days of the week and pick-up is possible from most Bali hotels.
Some Balinese guy (at least I think he is Balinese, but he might be Javanese) has been running tours of Bali for many years, and he’s just started a "prison tour" of the island, where you can meet-and-greet with some of Bali’s most famous expats now serving time in Kerobokan for those ridiculous charges. Pot? Twenty years. Heroin? The Bali Nine will ALL be killed or incarcerated for the rest of their lives for a foolish mistake.
Indonesia, the world’s largest Islamic country, whips women in the town square. What else do you expect when religious fundamentalists get to take out their sense of justice on Western culprits.
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Mao: The Unknown Story - by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday:
A controversial and damning biography of the Helmsman.
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March 22nd, 2006 at 6:20 pm
…Monkeys with guns. Look like monkeys, act like monkeys, are monkeys. Only the weakest and most gullible of humans would tolerate what their government does- sharing blame will be BOTH the government and the throngs of apes that inhabit what could be a tropical paradise. Given western nations’ talent for correcting supposed wrongs, how ’bout Bush takes over Indonesia, turns it into a proper resort, and then instead of testing on animals…we use, well…monkeys.
May 15th, 2006 at 9:19 pm
I AM A SOUTH AFRICAN WHO WAS IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRLIA ON BUSINESS AT THE TIME OF SCHAPELLE’S
TRIAL AND SENTENCING LAST YEAR (2005) I FOLLOWED EVERY BROADCAST OF THE TRIAL AND THEN
WATCHED AS SHE WAS SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR SOMETHING SHE CLEARLY DID NOT DO. HER LAWYERS
DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE AND DID NOT FIGHT HARD ENOUGH TO PROVE HER INNOCENCE.
I THINK IT IS DISGUSTING THAT THEY ALLOW SCHAPELLE CORBY TO BE EXPOSED LIKE THIS. SHE IS
SERVING A PRISON SENTENCE FOR SOMETHING SHE DID NOT DO! I DO NOT THINK IT’S FUNNY FOR TOURISTS
TO LOOK AT HER LIKE SHE IS SOME KIND OF ANIMAL IN A ZOO AND IT’S ALSO NOT VERY HUMAN.
THIS PLACE SHOULD BE CLOSED TO TOURS. LET HER AT LEAST KEEP HER DIGNITY, THE ONE THING
THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO TAKE FROM HER (SHOULD I SAY I HOPE THEY HAVE NOT STRIPPED
FROM HER DIGNITY)!!!! THEY TALK OF SCHAPELLE LIKE IS SHE IS SOME KIND OF ANIMAL LOCKED
UP IN A CAGE!!! SHE IS IN FACT A BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEING WHO PAYING THE PRICE FOR SOMEONE
ELSE’S GREED! MAY THEY BURN IN HELL.
ANYONE WITH AN ADDRESS FOR SCHAPELLE PLEASE LET ME KNOW
I WOULD LOVE TO WRITE TO HER. THANK YOU