* Â Another kind of jihad, because the world belongs to Allah and his profit. Or is it because the KRudd government is too involved in spin about ‘Global warming’ and ‘carbon trading’- (what could be more important than that?) that they do whatever they can to deflect attention away from the global jihad?
INDONESIAN prosecutors are pushing for tough jail terms to be enforced against five middle-aged Queenslanders held in West Papua in retribution for Australia’s hardline treatment of Indonesian fishermen.
The hidden agenda behind the drawn-out proceedings against the so-called Merauke Five, who have been stuck in Indonesia for eight months, has been revealed in court documents obtained byÂ The Age.
The court documents highlight how the case has moved beyond a simple immigration matter to the realm of diplomatic relations.
- Nice ‘friends’, eh? Lets sent them another couple of billions, perhaps then they will like us, no?
On September 12 last year, the five Australians, aged between 50 and 60, took off in a light plane from Horn Island in the Torres Strait on a one-hour flight to Merauke in West Papua, where a sporadic separatist insurgency has led to tight military control.
The five – pilot William Scott-Bloxam, his wife Vera, and passengers Keith Mortimer, Hubert Hofer and Karen Burke – say they only wanted to visit for a long weekend to investigate tourism opportunities.
But Mr Scott-Bloxam did not obtain visas or flight clearances from Indonesian authorities, and they were arrested after landing and charged with immigration offences. Since then they have been in a legal limbo, with no prospect of leaving Merauke any time soon.
A recording of the exchange between the plane and Indonesian air traffic controllers, obtained byÂ The Age, reveals that the Australians were told before landing they were likely to be detained for a few hours and fined, with no mention of possible harsher penalties.
Just moments before being told he was clear to land, Mr Scott-Bloxam offered to return home “if there is going to be a problem”.
Their subsequent punishment – initially sentenced to two-to-three-year jail terms, then freed on appeal, only to be pursued again by Indonesian prosecutors – has been at odds with what appeared to be a relatively innocent infringement. The latest submission by prosecutors to Indonesia’s Supreme Court sheds light on why.Â Continued…