Government - East Jakarta, Indonesia: Free Kirk Elliot Neville
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Kirk Elliott Neville, 36, is a Briton who works as an English teacher in eastern Jakarta. He was detained February 15th for the possession of a one-gram (0.035 ounce) package and two joints of marijuana and could face between 4-12 years jail time for this. Kirk is concerned about the suffering of the world, has a passion to help, and has a passion to teach. It would be a big mistake to lock such a person away on such a minor offence. So this petition is to the Indonesian and UK governments to interceed on Kirk's behalf.
Under the anti-narcotics law in Jakarta, Kirk could face between four to 12 years' jail. These are extreme sentences considering the small amount of marijuana involved, as well as the character of the individual. In places such as the UK, possession of less than 3 grams is unlikely to result in any more than a mere confiscation and a written warning for the first two cannabis possession offences. There are many places around the world that allow up to a gram legally. Ruining a good persons entire life by locking them away for years based on one-gram of marijuana should not happen in this day and age.
Kirk is obviously not trafficking drugs. He has a good reputation and was providing a helpful service by educating people in Indonesia. He also has many diverse friends from around the world (obtained from his presence on the Internet) who respect him and who will vouch for his character. Kirk is concerned about the suffering of the world, has a passion to help, and has a passion to teach. It would be a big mistake to lock such a person away on such a minor offence.
This petition is to say we think it would be an extreme injustice to hold this man for such a length of time. This petition is a way to tell Indonesia that there is a whole community of people who care about the well-being of this person, that he is an ethical person of high character, and that he should not be held any longer for the offence. It's also a petition to tell the British embassy to support every action to free this man.
Please sign this petition and help free Kirk.
* Please show diplomacy if you comment. This petition is about pooling resources and collectively helping Kirk in any way we can.
Also, we have established contact with the embassy and with someone that will hopefully be able to deliver a letter to Kirk. No need to individually send out letters to the embassy at this point as they are now aware of our concern. I will let everyone know once more info is received on how else we can support and help Kirk! In the meantime keep plugging away at getting signers for this petition.
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