Indonesia endorses killing drug suspects to cut costs

Drug Czar touts ‘shoot to kill’ over jail
Human Rights Watch (US)
Monday, October 16, 2017

Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) head has an innovative approach to reducing incarceration costs: killing drug suspects so that they never get to prison. Last week Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso told the media he had instructed his agency’s drug enforcement personnel “not to hesitate to shoot to kill if they have to [because] if drug offenders go to jail they get free meals, which are paid for by the state.” In July he praised Duterte’s drug war. There are already indications that these statements are having a deadly impact. (See also: Indonesia's Drug Czar is threatening a Duterte-style war on drug dealers)