punishment seems somewhat disproportionate ...


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punishment seems somewhat disproportionate ...


Aussies jailed for Papua visa breaches

By Geoff Thompson

A group of four Australians on trial in Papua have been sentenced to two years' jail each for illegally entering Indonesia without the proper travel documents.

The four travelled from Horn Island to Papua in a light plane last September.

Vera Scott-Bloxam, Keith Mortimer, Hubert Hofer and Karen Burke landed in the Papuan town of Merauke on September 12 last year in a light plane piloted by Vera's husband, William Scott-Bloxam.

William Scott-Bloxam has been sentenced to three years in jail.

The four other Australians have been sentenced to two years' jail each, reduced by the four months' detention they have already served.

The four argued they travelled to Papua to assess tourism opportunities after receiving incorrect advice that they could obtain visas on arrival.

But they have been found guilty of entering Indonesian territory without the proper documents and also been fined $3,400 each.
<span style="font-style: italic">punishment seems somewhat disproportionate ...</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt"><span style="font-weight: bold">Aussies jailed for Papua visa breaches</span></span><br /> <br /> By Geoff Thompson<br /> <br /> A group of four Australians on trial in Papua have been sentenced to two years' jail each for illegally entering Indonesia without the proper travel documents.<br /> <br /> The four travelled from Horn Island to Papua in a light plane last September.<br /> <br /> Vera Scott-Bloxam, Keith Mortimer, Hubert Hofer and Karen Burke landed in the Papuan town of Merauke on September 12 last year in a light plane piloted by Vera's husband, William Scott-Bloxam.<br /> <br /> William Scott-Bloxam has been sentenced to three years in jail.<br /> <br /> The four other Australians have been sentenced to two years' jail each, reduced by the four months' detention they have already served.<br /> <br /> The four argued they travelled to Papua to assess tourism opportunities after receiving incorrect advice that they could obtain visas on arrival.<br /> <br /> But they have been found guilty of entering Indonesian territory without the proper documents and also been fined $3,400 each.
KuKuKaChu: dangerously too sophisticated
Sounds pretty much like what we do to illegal immigrants who arrive by boat in Australia. Karma.
Sounds pretty much like what we do to illegal immigrants who arrive by boat in Australia. Karma.
"Some people think I've been flogging my own sausage," he joked.
Originally Posted By: Polisi Cepek
Sounds pretty much like what we do to illegal immigrants who arrive by boat in Australia. Karma.

only in the event those illegal immigrants request "asylum".

the plane passengers seem to have just been innocent joy-riders, albeit a tad stupid, with no intention of requesting indonesian permanent residency.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Polisi Cepek</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Sounds pretty much like what we do to illegal immigrants who arrive by boat in Australia. Karma.</div></div> <br /> only in the event those illegal immigrants request &quot;asylum&quot;.<br /> <br /> the plane passengers seem to have just been innocent joy-riders, albeit a tad stupid, with no intention of requesting indonesian permanent residency.<br />
KuKuKaChu: dangerously too sophisticated
So it means you can't get a VOA if you come into indonesia landing at papua?
So it means you can't get a VOA if you come into indonesia landing at papua?
Originally Posted By: KuKuKaChu
Originally Posted By: Polisi Cepek
Sounds pretty much like what we do to illegal immigrants who arrive by boat in Australia. Karma.

only in the event those illegal immigrants request "asylum".

the plane passengers seem to have just been innocent joy-riders, albeit a tad stupid, with no intention of requesting indonesian permanent residency.


isn't that the point?? no self respecting secret agent on a top secret mission to say make covert contact with the Papuan underground and undermine TNI is going to appear to be doing so....
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: KuKuKaChu</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Polisi Cepek</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Sounds pretty much like what we do to illegal immigrants who arrive by boat in Australia. Karma.</div></div> <br /> only in the event those illegal immigrants request &quot;asylum&quot;.<br /> <br /> the plane passengers <span style="font-style: italic">seem</span> to have just been innocent joy-riders, albeit a tad stupid, with no intention of requesting indonesian permanent residency.<br /> </div></div> <br /> <br /> isn't that the point?? no self respecting secret agent on a top secret mission to <span style="font-style: italic">say</span> make covert contact with the Papuan underground and undermine TNI is going to appear to be doing so....
quips,gibes and irony all form part of my repartee
Originally Posted By: Gurumeister
So it means you can't get a VOA if you come into indonesia landing at papua?

VOAs are only issued through these international gateways:

By Air: Bali, Balikpapan, Jakarta, Kupang, Lombok, Medan, Makasar, Manado, Mataram, Padang, Pekanbaru, Solo, Sulawesi, Surabaya and Yogyakarta

By Sea: Batam, Bintan (Tanjung Uban), Medan (Belawan), Sumatra (Sibolga), Dumai, Padang (Teluk Bayar), Bali (Padang Bai), Jayapura, Bitung, Semarang (Tanjung Mas), Kupang (Tenau), Pare Pare, Tanjung Pinang (Bintang Pura) and Makassar.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gurumeister</div><div class="ubbcode-body">So it means you can't get a VOA if you come into indonesia landing at papua?</div></div> <br /> VOAs are only issued through these international gateways:<br /> <br /> By Air: Bali, Balikpapan, Jakarta, Kupang, Lombok, Medan, Makasar, Manado, Mataram, Padang, Pekanbaru, Solo, Sulawesi, Surabaya and Yogyakarta<br /> <br /> By Sea: Batam, Bintan (Tanjung Uban), Medan (Belawan), Sumatra (Sibolga), Dumai, Padang (Teluk Bayar), Bali (Padang Bai), Jayapura, Bitung, Semarang (Tanjung Mas), Kupang (Tenau), Pare Pare, Tanjung Pinang (Bintang Pura) and Makassar.<br />
KuKuKaChu: dangerously too sophisticated
From ABC News

Aussies jailed for Papua visa breach to be freed: lawyer

By Indonesia correspondent Geoff Thompson

A lawyer representing five Australians jailed for flying into Papua without permission says the province's High Court has agreed to overturn their convictions.

The court has not formally delivered its decision, but Bali-based lawyer Mohammad Rifan says he understands the Australians will be free to return home next week.

The 62-year-old pilot of the plane, William Scott-Bloxam, was sentenced to three years' jail, while the other four were each sentenced to two years.

The Australians had argued that they flew to Papua to assess tourism opportunities and received incorrect information that they could get a visa on arrival.

Mr Scott-Bloxam, his wife Vera Scott-Bloxam, 54, Keith Mortimer, 60, Hubert Hofer, 57, and Karen Burke, 51, landed in the Papuan town of Merauke last September having flown from Horn Island in the Torres Strait.

Mr Rifan says Jayapura's High Court has overturned their convictions and will deliver that decision to Meruakes District Court next week.
From ABC News<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt"><span style="font-weight: bold">Aussies jailed for Papua visa breach to be freed: lawyer</span></span><br /> <br /> By Indonesia correspondent Geoff Thompson<br /> <br /> A lawyer representing five Australians jailed for flying into Papua without permission says the province's High Court has agreed to overturn their convictions.<br /> <br /> The court has not formally delivered its decision, but Bali-based lawyer Mohammad Rifan says he understands the Australians will be free to return home next week.<br /> <br /> The 62-year-old pilot of the plane, William Scott-Bloxam, was sentenced to three years' jail, while the other four were each sentenced to two years.<br /> <br /> The Australians had argued that they flew to Papua to assess tourism opportunities and received incorrect information that they could get a visa on arrival.<br /> <br /> Mr Scott-Bloxam, his wife Vera Scott-Bloxam, 54, Keith Mortimer, 60, Hubert Hofer, 57, and Karen Burke, 51, landed in the Papuan town of Merauke last September having flown from Horn Island in the Torres Strait.<br /> <br /> Mr Rifan says Jayapura's High Court has overturned their convictions and will deliver that decision to Meruakes District Court next week.<br />
KuKuKaChu: dangerously too sophisticated
Glad to hear they're geting out ok. Thanks for all the VOA info kukey!
Glad to hear they're geting out ok. Thanks for all the VOA info kukey!
The AGO is appealing and the plane has been impounded. It never ends.
The AGO is appealing and the plane has been impounded. It never ends.
place within us love that truly gives, tenderness that truly unites, self-offering that tells the truth and does not deceive, forgiveness that truly receives, loving physical union that welcomes
Originally Posted By: Piss Salon
The AGO is appealing and the plane has been impounded. It never ends.


Got the hots for the AG now Piss?
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Piss Salon</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The AGO is appealing and the plane has been impounded. It never ends.</div></div> <br /> <br /> Got the hots for the AG now Piss?
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Bloody dirty prosecutors do it for me.
Bloody dirty prosecutors do it for me.
place within us love that truly gives, tenderness that truly unites, self-offering that tells the truth and does not deceive, forgiveness that truly receives, loving physical union that welcomes
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