Crocodiles to guard death row in Indonesia

  • By Elsa Schmidt


The head of Indonesia’s anti-drugs agency has proposed building a prison island guarded by crocodiles, to house death-row convicts, but only those convicted for drug related offences.

Budi Waseso said crocodiles often made better guards than humans because they could not be bribed.

He said he would visit different parts of the Indonesian archipelago in order to find the fiercest reptiles.

Indonesia has some of the most hard-line drug laws in the world and ended a four-year moratorium on executions in 2013.

Local news agency Tempo has quoted Mr Waseso as commenting:

“We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. You can’t bribe crocodiles. You can’t convince them to let inmates escape.”

The plan is still in the early stages, and neither the location nor the potential opening date of the jail have been decided, yet many locals see the comments as much more than mere rhetoric.