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      British Abroad Risk Death or Jail

      More than 850 British expatriates and travellers are languishing jails around the world for drug offences, says the Foreign Office. Many face months of detention without trial and distasteful living conditions.
      In a bid to urge Brits abroad to avoid arrest, the Foreign Office is launching and awareness campaign with charity Prisoners Abroad.

      The campaign explains that many countries have a stricter no-tolerance approach to drug use and smuggling that is at variance to more relaxed laws in the UK.
      Crimes that may be punished by a caution in Britain can command long jail sentences abroad.
      Death penalty

      In 33 countries, drug trafficking can carry the death penalty.
      Many governments keep suspected offenders on remand in prison for several years before their case is heard before a court.
      Mark Simmonds, Minister for Consular Affairs, said: “People are surprised at some of the penalties dealt out by the authorities in other nations. In some, having a small amount of marijuana for personal use can mean decades in prison.

      “Laws and sentences vary hugely from place to place for using, possessing and smuggling drugs. Our message is clear – don’t take risks and stay away from situations that could be misunderstood because the consequences are not worthwhile.”
      The minister explained that the Foreign Office dealt with 650 drug-related cases around the world last year alone.
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      He also added that prison conditions can be poor in many nations.
      “Some people spend years behind bars with bad sanitary conditions and a basic diet. Some are in overcrowded cells, while others face months of solitary confinement and isolation,” said the minister.
      As an example, the Foreign Office has revealed how four nations treat drug offences:
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      Thailand Possessing small quantities of drugs can lead to imprisonment. Carrying a small amount of marijuana carries the risk of prison and a heavy fine. If you are found guilty of possessing more than 20 grams of a Class A drug makes you a trafficker and could lead to the death sentence.
      United Arab Emirates Sentences for drug trafficking for possession of even the smallest amount of illegal drugs can lead to a minimum four years in jail. Even drugs in the blood stream counts as possession.
      Peru More than 30 British nationals are in prison in Peru for drugs offences. Drug smugglers face long terms of imprisonment.
      Indonesia Possession, trafficking and manufacture of any illegal drugs are serious offences in Indonesia. The Indonesian authorities have a zero-tolerance policy and offenders face prison sentences or death.

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      That I do believe.

      Though seems more immigrants than true Brits, that came to the UK to become Brits are the ones causing trouble overseas.. the recent news article I read on BBC world news to do with a load of them going to the Middle east to support the Taliban is a good example. Scary times! A great pity the UK doesn't do what they do here in Canada and just have them lose their right to return back to Canada (same should be for the UK).
      They can't/ should not be allowed to use our country just to get what they want and then abuse us in the process.

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      No tea & sympathy from me for drug smugglers, they get what they deserve.
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      Yes, and just be careful anyone visiting those areas that none get planted on you (in your luggage) it will be you in trouble not the one that planted the drugs, remembered being wary of this as pre-warned on visiting distant relatives from the far east in the past. Just never leave your luggage or know at all times that only you tampered with it, keep well locked.

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      Quote Originally Posted by blackcomb View Post
      Yes, and just be careful anyone visiting those areas that none get planted on you (in your luggage) it will be you in trouble not the one that planted the drugs, remembered being wary of this as pre-warned on visiting distant relatives from the far east in the past. Just never leave your luggage or know at all times that only you tampered with it, keep well locked.
      Agree 100%, I use plastic cable ties on my suitcase as soon as I pack it, so I know if it has been tampered with.
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      The simple way to avoid prison time for drug smuggling would be to not smuggle drugs. These people roll the dice and take their chances, sometimes they're lucky and sometimes they're not. Mess with the bull and you will eventually get the horns.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Knightrunner View Post
      The simple way to avoid prison time for drug smuggling would be to not smuggle drugs. These people roll the dice and take their chances, sometimes they're lucky and sometimes they're not. Mess with the bull and you will eventually get the horns.

      You do realize people there plant drugs on someone without their prior knowledge right? No one said a word about smuggling drugs, who'd be so stupid on here to do that? Of course a drug smuggler would get time if they got caught doing that, and worse a punishment than just time.