Crime and Justice

Brazen Bali prison escape highlights Indonesia’s prison woes

The Kerobokan prison break by an Australian and three other foreign inmates highlights the chronic problems plaguing Indonesia’s jails – from chronic overcrowding to alleged corruption fuelling ‘luxury cells’ complete with aquariums.
June 20, 2017

Fighting for justice for Indonesian children locked up in Australia’s jails

They were children locked up in Australia’s adult prisons for alleged crimes they should not have been prosecuted for. Their battle for compensation in Indonesia’s courts reveals how difficult it is to bring Australia to task on alleged human rights abuses in an international setting and how the Commonwealth has lost its “moral compass”, lawyers say.
June 16, 2017

Secrecy surrounds Vietnam’s death row

Vietnam has been revealed to be the third-highest global executioner but details of who is on death row and why remains as elusive as ever.
May 26, 2017

‘Not my idea to burn clothes’: accused tells murder trial

Australian charged over alleged killing of Indonesian police officer says she destroyed his cards to ‘protect his identity’ not to dispose of evidence.
February 27, 2017

Australian man gets caught up in the Philippines drug war

When Australian man Damian Berg was arrested ahead of a bloody ramp up in the Philippine’s war on drugs, he knew only one thing would save him from life in prison.
October 12, 2016

Brazen Bali prison break reenacted at Kerobokan

Australian man Shaun Davidson and three fellow escapes spent hours bucketing water and soil from a tunnel on the night of their brazen break from Bali’s Kerobokan prison, police say.
July 13, 2017

The woman at the centre of the murder trial that gripped Indonesia

An innocent woman whose troubled past has been used against her or a narcissistic, vengeful murderer? In the trial of Australian resident Jessica Kumala Wongso, there has been little room for anything in between.
October 26, 2016