Friday, November 25, 2011

14 year old Australian gets 22 cents fine for drug related charge

It would've been interesting to see how our courts would've dealt with this. There's been some pressure on Indonesia after the Corby and Bali 9 case. Do they impose harsher sentence as a deterrent or do they show leniency?

And really that story about his family selling his story to Channel 9 doesn't help either. He's only 14 and he already has a drug problem. I'm reminded of Michael Fay, the infamous American who was caned after vandalising cars in Singapore more than 15 years ago. He was 18 at the time and that experience scarred him for life because later he also suffered from butane abuse and was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernelia. This 14 year old, whoever he is, will remember this Bali drug experience for life.

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I'm pretty sure Singapore, just like Malaysia, also wouldn't have shown any mercy. I remember that case where another Australian (Nguyen Tuong Van) was hanged in Singapore few years ago despite appeals from various parties including the Australian government. My mum who was visiting me in Australia at the time told me of an old 80s case in Malaysia involving 2 Australians (Barlow and Chambers)

who also got hanged. In fact, we were asked by one cab driver about those 2 men. The case received worldwide attention so much so there was even a movie about it called 'Dadah is Death'.

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