If you do the crime …

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We’ve no reason to love China but the simple fact is that the Pakistani chap was caught in possession of a large quantity of heroin in their country.  If a country has a history of executing foreigners, e.g. Thailand, then it seems logical that you keep it off your visiting list.

The only exception to this is if a stash is planted on you and you’re an unwitting mule.  This was always something to guard against going back and forth to Russia but there are good websites, including the FCO, to issue latest warnings.  If, however, you’re knowingly going anywhere near drugs in an execution happy country where life is cheap, then I’m sorry but when something like this happens, something like this happens.

How much of this overreaction is wishy-washy Britain’s policy of punishing the innocent and letting crims go free?  How much of this is shock at a country which states a policy and then actually carries it out?  In a society like ours where everything is relative, firmness must come as quite a shock indeed.

7 comments for “If you do the crime …

  1. MTG
    December 29, 2009 at 19:32

    Death penalties prevail where the worst elements of human nature govern.

  2. December 29, 2009 at 21:39

    Interesting that in the UK it is OK to execute a perfectly innocent Brazilian electrician and just cover it up but when someone does something against the law that they are clearly guilty for we want to do nothing about it.

    Personally, I don’t believe in the Death Penatly, except for politicians, but this guy was guilty and at least some countries have laws that are not wishy washy.

  3. December 30, 2009 at 01:56

    Do you laud China’s “robust” approach to dissenters too?

  4. December 30, 2009 at 02:06

    Why would you ask that, Jams? One involves the suppression of free speech and one involves a peddler of hard drugs which kill the young. One is a group of innocents and the other is a criminal.

  5. December 30, 2009 at 10:33

    I don’t think that dugs should be a crime myself. In my view crimes are things that harm others without their involvement or concent.

    This whole situation hinges around the fact that in the UK the criminal is not punished. There is always an excuse why the did the crime and the sentences do not provide deterrent.

    China is a red herring here.

    Punishment for crime anywhere should be sufficient to make the criminal think twice before doing the crime. If the price for stealing a pound of anything was 5 x the cost of that people would reconcider. As it is, steal a pound of anything pay nothing back is not a deterrent.

  6. December 30, 2009 at 10:46

    Those who ruin the lives of others perhaps deserve the ultimate fate themselves but no justice system is perfect enough to ensure that innocent people aren’t executed.

    The crim was greedy, or a fool, or both. The innocent are more deserving of our time, let alone our sympathies.

  7. December 30, 2009 at 20:15

    All part of the same judicial system James. China is country that executes in the thousands and not just for such crimes

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