Three Aussies convicted with drug offences ended up with vastly different sentences and therefore fates. They are:
(1) Nguyen Van Tuong arrested with 389 gms of heroin in Singapore – sentenced to death by hanging, scheduled for dawn on 02 December, in two weeks time.
(2) Schapelle Corby arrested with 4.2 kilograms of marijuana in Bali – sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, but reduced to 15 years under Indonesia auspicious day reduction.
(3) Michelle Leslie arrested with 2 ecstasy pills – sentenced to 3 months imprisonment, which she would have completed by midnight tomorrow. She will be deported to Australia after tomorrow.
The 3 had received different media attention, with Nguyen virtually ignored until the Australia public realises that one of its young citizens is about to have his life extinguished shortly.
The two beautiful women naturally were powerful magnets for public attention, with Corby being ‘sacrificed’ with her heart and guts ripped out and blood flowing to appease the Gods of Media Ratings. Society’s vultures, ghouls and vampires hovered around her, hoping to suck her notoriety to satiate their avaricious thirst and hunger.
In the 3rd case, Leslie’s powerful defence and PR team have ensured she was shielded from the media circus while they worked quietly away from the magnifying glass of the public, within Indonesia’s legal framework, in a halus (refined and tactful) and humble fashion, the way Indons would appreciate it.
There have been allegations that Leslie’s party had bribed the judges but they rejected such allegations as baseless. Her lawyer said:
"We have seen in history that these things have played out in a different way when people have claimed innocence, certainly in Indonesia.”
Obviously referring to Schapelle Corby.
"We didn't have all the evidence at hand and therefore we played it out with the cards we were dealt with. She was facing the possibility of 15 years in prison. I think it'd be only a fool to rock that system and it's best that she received the three months and she can return home at the next available opportunity and she can clear her name."
Intelligently pronounced. That's the value of having the best lawyers a rich boyfriend's money could provide.
BTW, do Malaysians know that the man waiting to die, Nguyen Van Tuong, was born in Malaysia while his mum was a refugee? Does that make him part Malaysian?