Indonesia To Use Crocodiles To Guard Death Row Convicts: Proposal In The Works

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Indonesia has long been known for having some of the toughest anti-drug laws in the world, with heavy punishments reaching as far as the death penalty for offenders.

Recently, though, Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency Chief General Budi Waseso has come up with a new proposal with how he would like to handle the drug-offense prisoners who are on death row – a crocodile guarded prison.

The death penalty laws of Indonesia that apply to drug offenders have stirred up much controversy already, particularly in April of this year when seven foreign offenders received the death penalty for their crimes.

Anti-drug activists show their support of the Indonesian death penalty for drug traffickers. Photo source: The Malaysian Insider

Anti-drug activists show their support of the Indonesian death penalty for drug traffickers. Photo source: The Malaysian Insider

Chief Waseso has come up with many unique proposals for dealing with the drug offenders, repeatedly saying that he believes all such criminals should be forced to consume their own illegal merchandise to the point of death by overdose.

While that idea doesn’t seem to have been taken seriously, the potential of Indonesia making this crocodile prison a reality is unfolding before us.

Waseso’s idea is to build an island prison that is surrounded by crocodile infested waters. The idea behind his proposal is simple – there is no reasoning with a crocodile, and unlike human guards, crocodiles cannot be bribed or convinced to let inmates escape.

Image of an existing Indonesian jail. Photo source: Channel News Asia.

Image of an existing Indonesian jail. Photo source: Channel News Asia.

“We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile,” Waseso has been quoted as saying.

The Narcotics Chief has plans to travel to different crocodile breeding centers throughout the provinces of Indonesia in anticipation of the unfolding of his new prison plans, in order to determine which crocodiles are the fiercest so that he may find the most suitable reptiles for the job.

Anti-drugs agency spokesman Slamet Pribadi has confirmed that the plan to build “a special prison for death row convicts” is being discussed with authorities and is under consideration.

The plan is still in its early stages and no location or timeline has been given for the creation of the new prison as of yet.

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