Saturday, April 16, 2005

One Less Scumbag

Police in Indonesia are not known for their human rights sensitivity, but I can't say I see too big of a problem in this recent case:
Indonesian police have killed a drug baron in a raid on his factory that produced more than 232 million dollars worth of ecstasy pills a year, state media said Wednesday.

Hans Phillip was shot dead in the raid last Friday in Bogor, south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, the head of the National Agency on Narcotics, General Commissioner Sutanto, said, according to the Antara news agency.

Police arrested two others in the raid, he said.

Sutanto said Phillip was one of the most wanted drug traffickers whose factory had produced ecstasy pills worth 2.2 trillion rupiah (232 million dollars) every year since 2000.

"He was also known as a chemical expert, lab architect and controlled drug trade of international scale," he said.
Recently, Indonesia has become a significant manufacturer and user of drugs, despite the fact that the death penalty can be imposed for drug offences.

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