I read that on facebook the other day! So well written!!!
Interesting Richard Branson interview - video goes for about 6min but well worth watching http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-0...-drugs/6299838
Last edited by babyla; 14-03-2015 at 10:25.
I'm so baffled at how this Indonesian president's brain works....he apparently granted clemency to a man who murdered a man and the man's school age child but he doesn't grant clemency to two drug mules who have made an effort to change their lives?
How does that make sense?
My assumption is that the indonesian murderer was not enough of a "mass murderer"...as he only killed two people. But yet you can be connected to terrorist bombings and still be freed? Is the fact that one targets foreigners and drugs can potentially kill those in indonesia the difference?
Gosh I pray that this president opens his eyes and his heart to grant all drug offenders clemency.
According to Wikipedia for the 2002 bombings the main dude that got freed after not much time was the alleged spiritual leader of the terrorist group. Others faced the firing squad. Sounds like with the spiritual leader it was more an evidence based thing rather than a plot to give Indonesians favorable treatment.
Spin it any way you want VP, but every single person involved in the bombings who got under 18 years have already been freed on clemency, the longest served was 7 years. 7 years for belonging to a terror group that purposely killed a large group of civilians, not to mention the injuries. For physically making the bombs. The people who drove the bombers to their destinations. People who recruited others to the cause etc. The mind boggles.
Some bomb makers and drivers etc got the death penalty. Others didn't. Perhaps there was hardly any evidence against those that got reduced sentences?. Perhaps Indonesian authorities were stretching their luck to have them prosecuted at all. Maybe that set the scene for a plea bargain.
Even in Australia people get reduced sentences because the evidence quite isn't there. Manslaughter instead of murder. Sometimes the sentences just appear to be bloody crap and the media articles really don't do a good job of delving into the why (think Brett Cowans first two victims before Daniel morcombe).
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