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Indonesia plans prison guarded by crocodiles for drug convicts

Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency Chief Budi Waseso has proposed the plan to keep drug kingpins isolated from convicted drug traffickers and users. Waseso, who has already sent his pet project to Ministry of Justice and Human Rights for ratification, is planning to visit Medan, North Sumatra, Sulawesi and Papua in search of the most ferocious type of crocodile to guard the prison island.

Slamet Pribadi, spokesman of Anti-narcotics agency said:

You can’t bribe crocodiles. You can’t convince them to let inmates escape.So when they try to escape they will be eaten. It’s not a human rights violation when a crocodile does the killing.

Indonesian Justice Ministry, which oversees prisons across the country, has not yet given the green light to the proposal.

Indonesia has a hard line stance against drug smugglers and executed 14 convicted drug traffickers so far this year. Despite such harsh laws, drugs are rife in Indonesian prisons, and inmates and jail officials are regularly arrested for drug trafficking.

Indonesian government describes the country in a ‘state of drug emergency’ with more than 4.2 million addicts – or two per cent of the country’s population – hooked on drugs. According to the authorities , 60 people are on death row in Indonesia, 34 of them foreigners convicted of narcotics crimes.

Earlier this year, Indonesian government’s decision to execute six people, including five foreigners, despite international appeals had sparked criticism, with Brazil and the Netherlands temporarily recalling their ambassadors.

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