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British Man Sentenced To Death In Indonesia
A British man has been sentenced to death for smuggling crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia, according to the Jakarta Post.
Banten High Court, in Java, increased a lower court sentence of life in jail for 33-year-old Gareth Dane Cashmore, saying it did not represent a strong enough deterrent.
The Bangkok Post quoted presiding judge J. Nababan as saying: "Narcotics are very dangerous substances that harm the people and the nation.
"They destroy the human resources that are one of the integral elements to our national development."
Cashmore was arrested in September last year at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.
He had arrived on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul.
The drugs, worth an estimated £800,000, were concealed inside his modified luggage.
Authorities alleged Cashmore was a member of an international narcotics syndicate.
what do you think?
Tough! No sympathy, bang to rights!
Yet another Brit to be executed abroad when we don't have a reciprocal arrangement. No sympathy for organised drug runner, but the one last year in China was a dupe and they showed no clemency. If we were to execute a few foreign criminals then maybe they wouldn't avail themselves of our space to commit their crimes
Totally agree Julie. Take the risk get caught, take the punishment. No doubt we will have all the bleeding hearts defending this mule as small fry conveniently forgetting the misery the stuff they are carrying spreads around.
Nothing is completely that balck and white, Dave. With the death sentence it is final. There's no opening the cell door when a mistake is discovered a shake of the hand and 'dreadfully sorry sir, it was all a mistake' when you're dead. We've made those mistakes in this country, hanging those that didn't deserve it an we have a good appeal system. Third worl countries, especially those with sharia don't have those checks and balances. Certainly if someone is caught dead to rights it should happen, but my message is that compassion should be used with the likes of the guy I mentioned earlier, Ruth Ellis and others.
John. He was caught with 800k worth of drugs concealed in a modified suitcase. Dosen't seem like a case of oops I picked up the wrong luggae now does it.
My earlie comment in response to Julie's gave my view on this particular criminal's fate.
with the level of airport security and level of technology in airports to detect drugs. must take a real fool to try.
See from the mark down on my reply to Dave that the statement 'rather 10 guilty men walk free than one innocent man hang' doesn't bear much weight on this forum.
The quote as it was originally made is as follow: "better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer", William Blackstone, Jurist
If governments of the world showed some backbone, instead of party politics and took control of the drugs trade then the international crime syndicates would vanish overnight . . No need to execute anyone. Prohibition does not work!
How do you deal with the anti social elements of those under the influence of drugs?
The same way we deal with drunks
Stevie May, you pleasantly surprise me again! What you are saying makes sense. Unfortunately, it is not in the best interests of those who profit from the status quo.
In Rome you do as the Romans. I have no sympathy for him. And I have no intention of moralising with regard to the death sentencing laws of a country I do not live in or have anything to do with. He knew the risks and he took them, end of as far as I am concerned.