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  • "I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile,’ Indonesia’s drugs tsar was quoted as saying as he seeks reptiles to guard a special prison.

    "I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile,’ Indonesia’s drugs tsar was quoted as saying as he seeks reptiles to guard a special prison. | Photo: AFP

Published 10 November 2015

The head of the anti-drugs agency, who proposed the idea, says crocodiles are better than humans because they cannot be bribed.

Indonesia might build a prison for death-row drug offenders that would be guarded by vicious crocodiles, the Indonesian head of the anti-drugs agency has said.

“We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile,” anti-drugs chief Budi Waseso was quoted as saying by local news website Tempo.

Waseso said he will be visiting various parts of the archipelago to search for reptiles to guard the jail. The idea seems to be inspired by the Jame Bond movie Live and Let Die when Bond escapes from an island using the reptiles as stepping stones.

Roger Moore's crocodile scene in Live & Let Die. | Photo: Wikipedia

Waseso said the crocodiles would be better at guarding the prison than human guards because, “You can’t bribe crocodiles. You can’t convince them to let inmates escape.”

According to French news agency AFP, the plan is still in the early stages, and neither the location or potential opening date of the jail have been decided.

Indonesia already has some of the toughest anti-narcotics laws in the world. Those charged with drug trafficking are sentenced to death by a firing squad. In April the country executed seven foreign drug convicts.

President Joko Widodo argues that that drug dealers must face death as the country is fighting a “national emergency” due to rising narcotics use. But the country suffers from a corrupt prison system where jail officials are regularly arrested for narcotics offenses.

Anti-drugs agency spokesman Slamet Pribadi confirmed to AFP that authorities were considering the plan to build “a special prison for death row convicts.” He said only traffickers would be kept in the jail, to stop them from mixing with other prisoners and potentially recruiting them to drug gangs.

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