Hotel Kerobokan, or Hotel K, is Bali’s most notorious jail. With the murderous Widoto regime of Indonesian executing another group of foreigners for alleged trafficking, while the Indonesians who sold them the drugs are not so much as charged, the rank corruption of Indonesia’s notoriously dishonest justice system has been exposed for all to see. Widoto’s decision to ignore international outcry over the executions has plummeted his country’s reputation to new lows. Billions of dollars in foreign aid flow to Indonesia each to prop up this appalling regime. It is a clear abuse of international taxpayers resources and should be stopped. In Hotel K: The Shocking Inside Story of Bali’s Most Notorious Jail, acclaimed Australian journalist Kathryn Bonella exposes the inside of hell, Indonesia’s barbaric penal system.
Bali 9: The Untold Story, written by two of Australia’s most respected journalists, tells a harrowing story. Earlier this year convicted Bali 9 drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran sang Amazing Grace as they faced a firing squad after being denied presidential pardons and having lost their final appeals in the notorious Indonesian justice system. Relations between Australia and Indonesia plummeted to new lows as a result of the murderous Widoto regimes embrace of the death sentence.
An Indonesian court recently rejected the final appeals for clemency for a group of foreigners facing the death penalty for drug charges, attracting worldwide condemnation. The Indonesians didn’t care. The foreigners were perfect fodder for one of the largest and most expensively orchestrated jihad spectacles the world has ever seen. Snowing in Bali lays bare just how common drugs have been in Bali for decades, and how closely allied with the trade are the Indonesian elites. Indonesia’s President Wododo faced a storm of international criticism for refusing to grant clemency; and was entirely indifferent. In the world’s largest Muslim country, a religious grouping incensed worldwide by the conduct of Westerners in the Middle East, the killing of foreigners is not something that on the face of it caused any distress to the locals. Amongst others, Australian taxpayers contribute almost a billion dollars in foreign aid to Indonesia each year, but the President did not even bothered to take the Australian Prime Minister’s calls. The Indonesian justice system is notoriously corrupt; and has now been laid bare for the world to see. Those who sold the drugs to the foreigners were never charged. The police who took their usual bribes were never charged. And Indonesia got exactly the jihad spectacle it wanted.