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Jakarta Post

Capital punishment an effective way to combat drug dealers: Tito

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 21, 2017   /   06:30 am
Capital punishment an effective way to combat drug dealers: Tito National Police chief Gen.Tito Karnavian discusses security challenges during a press conference in Jakarta on Dec. 28, 2016. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said on Thursday that the example of the Philippines illustrated that capital punishment was an effective way to combat drug dealers.

He said capital punishment delivered a deterrent effect, despite controversies surrounding its implementation.

"From practice in the field, we see that when we shoot at drug dealers they go away," Tito said, referring to the drug war initiated by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Civil societies that focus on human rights have long lambasted the Indonesian government for persistently implementing the death penalty. These groups often highlight the country’s judicial system, which is still marred by rampant corruption.

Tito earlier expressed appreciation for the work of his subordinates who succeeded in foiling a plan by four Taiwanese citizens to smuggle one ton of crystal methamphetamine into Greater Jakarta last week.

During the drug bust, one smuggler was shot dead while resisting arrest.

Tito said he had told police officers “not to hesitate shooting drug dealers who resist arrest.” (hol/cal)