The last time I had an Australian passport issued to be it was in a plastic pouch/cover, and there was also a handy tips book with it.
When you pulled your passport out of the pouch, you could very clearly see a warning message. Something to the effect of, "Drug crimes are punishable by death in some countries".
The handy tips book also had this message on it. It was impossible to miss it.
Whenever I travel to places such as Bali, I make sure my bags are well sealed externally. Besides these services are often available at airports anyhow. I once took my two sons to Malaysia, and explained to them the reason for the paranoia. Before we arrived, I told them that before we touch any bags on arrival in the country of destination, we wil stand back from luggage and assess it from a distance. If there appeared to be any sign of interference, then we would immediately signal authorities for them to inspect the luggage.
I don't care what anyone calls my reaction to this situation. I've travelled extensively through south-east Asia and other parts of the world, and I plan to keep travelling as a free man. When I have the added responsibility of other people's (especially family)safety & liberty then I take it very seriously.
Very good advice...but the otherside of the coin...If someone is stupid enough to break the laws of the country they are a guest in, they deserve what they get. I just feel the Australian woman got a bum deal. I also think a death penalty for drugs is harsh. Murder is one thing...but I better be careful...this could start a discussion on capital punishment
So this poor "innocent" girl collects her body board from the airport carousel, not noticing that it weighs 4 kilograms more than it should.
Oh, she also didn't notice that the sleek shape of the body board in it's cover had become somewhat lumpy due to a pillow full of drugs stuffed into it.
She's as guilty as hell, and deserves to be punished very, very harshly.
However, I believe that the past 7 months have probably been punishment enough, and I'm positive that she would have learnt her lesson. For those reasons, I was hoping that they'd find her innocent.
"...but I better be careful...this could start a discussion on capital punishment.."
Go for your life ... Capital Punishment
But yes, it would make me very nervous travelling to Bali. Shrink wrapped bags would certainly be in order.
Yea, that's what I was thinking. Shrink wrapped seems like a way to protect yourself. Although I haven't seen "shrinkwrap service" available in that many airports, but then again I never was really looking for it. Is it a pretty common service available?
I was watching MSNBC last night and they said the procecutor thinks the 20 years is too light and is going to appeal the sentence to try and get at least "life in prison". Guilty or not this girl is living a nightmare and is under some serious stress!!!
Whenever I travel to places such as Bali, I make sure my bags are well sealed externally...before we touch any bags on arrival in the country of destination, we will stand back from luggage and assess it from a distance. If there appeared to be any sign of interference, then we would immediately signal authorities for them to inspect the luggage..
Good advice, from now on I'm gonna shrik wrap my bags and do what you decribed above when I travel into certain countries.
There is another Thread in the forums on this subject....http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=11764
As Peter's say, this would be an interesting yet argumentative case to get along with.
Nobody knows what is the true colour behind this drug smuggling...really; media reports are unrealiable; homo-sapiens nowadays are easy to get any form of influences...
This is the world we do not know and the fact is WE ARE unable to distinguish between the 'yes' or 'no'...sad yeah? (equlity in every aspect??? Will you find that in reality? Yes, in Utopia.)
A few threads are discussing this issue and from what I've seen, everyone in this forum is judging this case based on their own value and the level of conceptualization respectively.
Needless to say, may the 'true' justice determines Schapelle Corby's destiny -if she is innocent, let her free and if she isn't, let her faces the law.