Is Indonesia About To Enter A New Era Of Domestic Terrorism?

Last Thursday, Jakarta was rocked by its first major attack by religiously inspired Islamic militants since the Ritz Carlton bombings of 2009. Lasting more than three hours, the grim attacks – in which seven people, including five assailants, died – may not have been as devastating as the previous bombings that hit the capital in the… Read More

NO BRIBE ZONE: Indonesia Wants To Have Crocodiles Guard Death Row Inmates Because “They Can’t Be Bribed”

So file this one to the strange but true category.

The Indonesian government has been struggling to combat the rampant illegal drug trade and as a result is turning to some jungle style justice.

The government wants to put its worst drug trafficking offenders (who are on death row) on a special island that is surrounded by a swarm of crocodiles.

According to AFP, the proposed project is the brainchild of the government’s anti-drug point person Budi Waseso.

“We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile,” Waseso told a local news website called Tempo.

While it may sound like a crazy idea that has no place in modern society, it is getting surprising support from the nation’s progressive leader Joko Widodo.

Quartz points out that 14 people have already been executed for drug offenses in the country this year.

The country is well known for its strict anti drug policy.

From AFP:

“Indonesia already has some of the toughest anti-narcotics laws in the world, including death by firing squad for traffickers, and sparked international uproar in April when it put to death seven foreign drug convicts.

But President Joko Widodo has insisted that drug dealers must face death as the country is fighting a “national emergency” due to rising narcotics use.

Despite the harsh laws, Indonesia’s corrupt prison system is awash with drugs, and inmates and jail officials are regularly arrested for narcotics offences.”

So if you like drugs, you probably shouldn’t get anywhere near Indonesia or crocodiles. But hopefully you already prevent run ins with the latter.


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17 People Killed In Fire At Crowded Indonesian Karaoke Bar

Tragedy struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi Sunday when a large fire killed 17 people and injured another 71 at a crowded karaoke bar there.

According to the Guardian, eyewitnesses said that the fire began on the second floor of the three-story Inul Vizta karaoke club early Sunday morning.

The building was packed with people during the time of the incident.

Many complained that fire engines took an hour to arrive. It took firefighters several hours to bring the blaze under control.

“We are still investigating the cause of fire,”  city’s police chief, Col Rio Permana told the Guardian. However a preliminary investigation indicated a short circuit might be behind the blaze.

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