The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) is being cautious before issuing a letter of recommendation for a criminals who cooperated with law enforcement agencies (a “justice collaborator”) to the convicted Australian drug smuggler, Schapelle Leigh Corby.
“Our plan is to be extra careful. At this time, we have not issued any letters because we need to do some in-depth research. If we discover the courier was trapped or tricked, then we have the other considerations. However, if the accused played an active role, there is nothing else to consider.” Said Deputy Enforcement and Eradication BNN, Benny Marmoto, at the third meeting of ASEAN Airport Interdiction Task Force in Pecatu.
According to Marmoto, the inmates indicted on drug cases are still able to control the circulation of drugs, not only after coming out of prison but also while still in prison.
He revealed that BNN has received hundreds of request to obtain a letter of recommendation, but until now there has been no letters issued.
Benny explained that most of the detainees at BNN are prisoners who have been involved in drug cases so BNN does not want to recklessly issue letters.
“Not easy to assess the role an inmate played in the drug case. Specific are needed before issuing the the letter,” Benny said.
Although not prepared to issue a letter, the BNN said it will send a status report to the Australian government regarding the case of Ms. Corby.
“We only provide input. We will not send it for the media. But we will give an explanation,” said Benny. Corby was sentenced to 20 years in prison on a marijuana possession case.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in May 2012 gave pardons for five years to a woman who was caught with 4.2 kilograms of marijuana.
With the pardon, the 34-year-old woman will be able to go free in 2017, instead of 2022.