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Indonesian fishermen demand equal treatment from Australia amid Corby case May 31,2012   |  Source: The Jakarta Post

Indonesian fishermen from East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province called on Wednesday for equal legal treatment from the Australian government following President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s recent decision to grant clemency to Australian drug convict Schapelle Corby.

NTT fishermen's coordinator, Muhamad Ridwan, was quoted by Antara as saying that Indonesia’s decision “to cut Corby’s sentence” should trigger the Australian government to treat the archipelago’s fishermen better.

“We are hoping that the Australian government will provide similar compensation in the form of clemency or even amnesty to hundreds of Indonesian fishermen who have been arrested and jailed on charges of trespassing [in Australian waters],” he said late on Wednesday.

Ridwan claimed that, in contrast with Indonesia’s treatment of Corby, Australian coast guards had destroyed the boats belonging to Indonesian fishermen who had been caught in the country’s waters.

He added that the law enforcers also “tortured the fishermen before they were tried and imprisoned in the neighboring country”.

Ridwan, who himself was once arrested by Australian coast guards along with two colleagues, insisted that the treatment from the law enforcers was unfair.

“We were caught by Australian


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