Australia and Indonesia working on prisoner exchange program

The death sentences handed down to Bali Nine kingpins, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have meant the Australian government is pushing ahead with a prisoner transfer deal with Indonesia. According to Justice & Customs Minister, Senator Chris Ellison, talks had begun in 2004 and have been met with co operation on the Indonesian side.

A prisoner exchange program, just as a extradition treaty, is a complex thing. I did some checking on the web about extradition treaties in Asia and its a nightmare! Some countries won’t extradite their own citizens (Japan), some countries don’t extradite citizens where death could be applied (Australia).

Seems to me the Australian government realizes its in a sticky spot regarding the death sentences. The AFP (Australian Federal Police) came under criticism for tipping off the Bali police, knowing death could be possible. Now its a reality, and one of the only ways to save those guys is to get an agreement that their sentences can be converted to a life sentence (the maximum possible sentence) in Australia.




For the rest of the Bali Nine, they will also be beneficiaries of the deal when it happens. Personally I’d rather serve my time in Bali. With the right connections you can get a day at the beach and go shopping. That’s got to beat sitting in a cold Melbourne cell for ever.


8 thoughts on “Australia and Indonesia working on prisoner exchange program

  • Rex

    Interesting point Nick. I wonder if, under the proposed deal, prisoners can refuse to be transferred back to their own country.

  • balibounded

    I have a five year old who understands that when we go to other peoples homes, we obey their rules…so why is it that this concept cannot be understood by nine adults visiting another country. When you enter another country you are not above the law, you OBEY the law or face the consequences…as the bali nine must do. A prisoner exchange to allow these ferals to serve their time in an Australian jail is making a mockery of Indonesian laws and will further weaken ties between Australia and Indonesia. The bali nine knew what they were doing but were obviously blinded by dollar signs…and right in the middle of the Schapelle drama too! They’re no doubt ignorant…but exactly how stupid are they! Let them serve their time and face their blatent disregard for Indonesia’s laws in Indonesia – where jail IS jail – it’s not meant to be a pleasant experience afterall!

  • mrs aloisi

    it makes me sick that people have such disregard for human life…..i knew Andrew chan many years ago before he hit his teens and his elders brother has been a friend of mine for years….so maybe you should think very hard before making such comments…because 5year olds grow up too…and i would never have thought Andrew would end up in such trouble coming from such a good hard working family….shame on anyone who thinks they have the right to take anyones life…GOD WILL BE THE ONE TO MAKE THE FINAL JUDGEMENT….

  • storm

    God also give us freedom of choice and the drug traffickers chose to break the law, knowing the consequences. Now they must face the full might of that law. God also tells us that we must obey those he has put in authority over us. The drug traffickers did not obey. It all boils down to cause and effect.

  • sebastian

    what about the high regard Andrew Chan and his donkeys have for human life? Don’t see you being sick about that. Or is that all about hipocracy??

  • pat

    Storm says “God also tells us that we must obey those he has put in authority over us” Are you f***ing mad!!! Do reckon the people of Iraq would agree when Saddam was in charge ….or the Jews when Hitler was the main man. The powers that be are committing much more heinous crimes than a few boys smuggling some smack. The CIA have imported or been involved in the importation of more drugs into the US than all the small time smugglers put together. Get a life!!

  • sebastian

    so does that make it ok pat for assholes to try to smuggle the shit into my country? I’m off to Bali for holiday in a few weeks..I might drop by the jail to show them what a return ticket to Australia looks like coz hopefully they will never see one again HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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