Friday, June 17, 2011

Abu Bashir and Shappelle Corby

As is well known, in 2004, Shappelle Corby, a young Australian tourist, was arrested with 4.2kg of cannabis in her boogie board bag. She was sentenced in Bali to twenty years in Indonesian prison. She is due for release 12 April, 2024.

Today we hear that Abu Bashir, the Muslim cleric who was party to the Bali bombings has got 15 years for his role. In the Bali Bombings, 202 people were killed, including 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians. This involved bags too, a bombs in the pack of a suicide bomber and two others. Several people have been executed for their roles in the bombing.

Now forgive me is I am wrong, but there seems to be something rather wrong here. How is it that a young Australian woman at the bottom of the drug 'food chain' gets 20 years for her role, whereas one of the masterminds behind Islamic extremist terrorism gets 15 years? That is nonsense and a travesty of justice. Need I say more?


George said...

yet we are not surprised are we, the world is a screwed and skewed place.

Mark Keown said...

We are not. There are many in nations like Indonesia who silently support terrorism, this shows it, as does the arrest of 5 in Pakistan who helped the US get Bin Laden. God help the world.

George said...

Even if we go back to the Corby case in isolation the punishment did not fit the crime and indeed was a 'crime' in itself. No one condones drugs or trafficking but 20 years is barbaric. God may indeed help the world but pretty sure the idea was theat He is a supporting cast and we are supposed to be the main act.

Anonymous said...

God help the world. Punishment never fits the crime.