Opinion

Indonesia's soft treatment for Bali bombers

My Comment column with QT Editor Peter Chapman.
My Comment column with QT Editor Peter Chapman. David Nielsen

FUNNY old place Indonesia when it comes to dishing out punishment.

They seemed strong and righteous when it came to keeping Schapelle Corby in jail for nine years and it was only special pardons and begging from her family that got her out early.

Her offence was that she was found guilty of trying to smuggle marijuana into Bali. An offence that would probably have received a fine and a suspended sentence in most other countries around the world.

Before you start applauding their strong stance on drugs reflect on how they treated convicted terrorist bomber Muhammad Cholili who built the bombs that blew 20 people apart at Jimbaran Bay in 2005.

He walked out of prison this week after serving just half of his original sentence.

The families of the four Australians who died in that Jimbaran Bay attack would have been sickened by the sight of his smiling face as he was greeted by friends outside the prison.

But his release is not the only outrage, some 30 Indonesian terrorists arrested for the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings are now walking the streets of Indonesia as free men.

As I said, strange place Indonesia. Seems one rule for foreigners and one rule for the locals.

Even the most evil of them get to go home early.

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