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Australian officials support drug-smuggling arrests SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA) - Australian officials spent 10 weeks helping Indonesia mount a case against nine Australians who could now face the death penalty following their arrest for trying to smuggle heroin out of the tourist island of Bali, the government said Tuesday.

"People have to know that trafficking in heroin and trafficking in drugs brings the death penalty in many countries, particularly in Asia,'' Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told Australia's Nine television network. "If people don't understand that, they certainly will now.'' Prime Minister John Howard said he strongly endorsed the joint operation that netted the arrests - in an Australian government response that has been in contrast to its appeals to help Australian drug suspect Schapelle Corby.
The 27-year-old former beauty school student could be executed by a firing squad if she is convicted of attempting to smuggle 4.1 kilograms (9 pounds) of marijuana into Bali last October. Her trial has received widespread attention in Australia - with defense lawyers claiming that she was the unwitting victim of a drug smuggling syndicate who used her luggage to transport the drugs on a domestic Australian flight but failed to remove it before she headed onward to Bali.
Australia's government has appealed to Indonesian prosecutors not to seek the death penalty in the Corby case. The government also has worked to make available an Australian inmate with potentially helpful testimony for the defense, and Howard said last month that the government was doing "everything we can'' to help Corby's case. The latest case involves eight men and one woman, aged 19 through 27, who were arrested in Bali earlier this week after they were discovered allegedly trying to smuggle nearly 11 kilograms (24 pounds) of heroin out of Indonesia.
Five of them, including the alleged ringleader, were arrested as they attempted to board a flight to Sydney with heroin strapped to their bodies with brown masking tape, The Australian newspaper reported in its Tuesday edition. Four others were detained after being discovered with smaller quantities of the drug in Bali at a budget hotel, the newspaper and Indonesian officials said. Australian officials had gathered information about the group for about 10 weeks, and handed it to Indonesian police two weeks ago, Federal Agent Mike Phelan said.
Downer said Australia would always seek clemency where its citizens faced possible death sentences, but could not guarantee a successful outcome. "What we can't do and no Australian government could ever do is change the law in other countries. That is impossible,'' Downer said. Howard said he supported the joint effort to break drug-smuggling operations, and that he hoped the nine detainees would be dealt with "fairly and justly'' by Indonesian courts.
"I endorse very strongly indeed cooperation between Australian Federal Police and the Indonesian authorities in trying to track down people who are trafficking in drugs,'' Howard said from Beijing.



Posted in General @ 19 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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Bali Nine linked to major drug syndicate

Will the Indonesian government really take action against the syndicate(s) which have probably been active in Indonesia for quite some time? I can only hope they will.

The nine Australians arrested earlier will probably be charged with things that carry the death penalty, but extradiction is another issue...



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How on earth did she think she could bring this bag to Bali? Maybe her boyfriend gave her a 'pillow'?? Damn... pretty stupid if you ask me. Any doubt that she has been tricked is gone with me now. Of course I'm still an outside, but hey.. look at the size of that bag... Emoticon: Laugh out loud



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In Australia they have a different view on this all. She's innocent for sure, so they now want to boycott Bali. But I'm pretty sure they can't live without being/playing ignorant fools for a few days a year. Emoticon: Puh!



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Jeroen,
The verdict is out of all proportions and rediculous Emoticon: Nooo . So is the Australian p.o



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On 30-05-2005 14:31 Jantje wrote:
Jeroen,
The verdict is out of all proportions and rediculous Emoticon: Nooo . So is the Australian p.o


Do you think so because you are Dutch and know the local laws here (for you it should be 'there' Emoticon: Wink ? I'm kind of happy that they finally made some examples. She's lucky she's not executed for this, like in Singapore.

When I entered Indonesia last time there were big signs 'Drugs is death penalty'. Can it be more clear?



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But you probably also saw my reaction concerning the terrorist which gets away. That should not be related to one another of course, however it's highly odd that such things happen.

I can't make a 100% proper conclusion as well, but if you see the bag of drugs, I can make at least some conclusion for myself, right? For the rest I don't have a clue whether she is lieing or not, but the court thinks she is.



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Hi all Emoticon: semua

I wish the court all the wishdom they need all over the whole country from lovely Indonesia .
Drugs in your pocket ????? [last week in flight k.l.m / jkrt bandara from a.dam /jkrt post ]
Please dont start to cry...just accept the penalty ,no need to say
;so sorry or ;I didn,t know.
If you try to destroy human [ young] life ????? Emoticon: Angry .......Dead by hanging as soon as possible ,even here in China . permisi
Ronny / Beijing



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