There's an array of human rights in Yokohama dude. Japan only uses the noose every few years on some truly awful multiple murderers, as I understand it. It's a tough call to make in an ultra educated, affluent country with hardly any violent offences taking place. As always, there's a political/electorate angle, for sure.
As for Bali, well, clearly just a backward basket-case of a state if they treat human beings like this, who haven't even killed anybody -shaking head- The proud Hindu state that lets party-goers drink themselves silly
The middle aged woman is an unfortunate, pathetic and pitiful pawn in a much larger game. Cocaine in moderation makes people feel great ffs, and as we all know, untold banknotes across the UK are powdered with the stuff. It was good enough for Queen Vic back in the day. Why is it even illegal? Stop the violent production and distribution of it, free up the prisons, and avoid horrible incidents like this, simple as. Last time I was in South East Asia, there was wide spread proliferation of opium cigarettes, and I never saw any police swoops, let alone reports filter back of dealers being gunned down
Some of these Mail ex-pats who live in these places could quite easily get stitched up and fall foul of all these 'laws'... any decent human being still wouldn't wish to see them paraded out like this, then sprayed with bullets against wooden stakes, surely
What was it that old Tory totem Churchill said about gauging civilisation
by the treatment of prisoners...