The courts have put drug smugglers into a special category where personal circumstances are not taken into account when passing sentence. Indeed, sentences of between five and 10 years are frequently passed after court proceedings of five or 10 minutes. The quantity and value of the drugs and the method of concealment are all that concern the court, unless the courier has been able to give useful information to the Customs. However, so lowly is their position in the enterprise, and so great their fear of the organisers, that they can rarely provide themselves with this mitigation.
Ignorant (sometimes illiterate), driven by personal circumstances that are ruled irrelevant to their plight, they endure a cruel and unusual punishment.
Justice (British Section of the International Commission of Jurists)
The writer is a member of the Justice committee on drugs and the law.Reuse content