Cleghorn….victim of injustice in
More than 600 New Zealanders are being held in overseas jails accused of offences ranging from drug trafficking to violent crime.
Though most of the
Kiwis are held in
The statistics, supplied by the Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry, represent the number of New Zealanders who have been in contact with embassies. They do not account for people who may be imprisoned but have not sought the help of the New Zealand Government.
It is believed most
have been charged with drug offences. Some have fallen foul of strict drug
The latest Kiwi to be
locked up overseas is 19-year-old Anthony Prince, who was accused of robbing
a bank at gunpoint in the
In custody in
Former Petone man
Graham Cleghorn was jailed for 20 years in
Phyllis Tarawhiti is facing her 10th year in a
Her father, Joe Tarawhiti, told The Dominion Post last month that the family had little hope of an early release, despite an appeal for clemency to the Thai king.
Foreign Affairs and
Trade Ministry deputy secretary Rosemary Banks said
of the most basic checks before travel is to make sure you have travel
insurance. The ministry's view is that if you cannot afford travel insurance,
you really cannot afford to travel."