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3 THE PLAIN DEALER, SUNDAY, JULY 12, 1992- 9-1 Drug offenses abroad mean serious trouble By BARBARA CROSSETTE YORK TIMES When Malaysia began executing foreigners for certain narcotics fenses less than a decade ago, a in Kuala Lumpur told me a chilling story: One of the first eigners to be hanged for drug trafTicking was a naive young Australian, who apparently had been led to believe that if you fly first class your luggage is not inspected at customs. All over the world, not only in countries. where the narcotics laws are stiff and sentences severe, officials must deal with a depressing array of legal problems inevolving innocents, or" not-soinnocents abroad. In many if not most cases, local bar diplomats from giving assistance to foreigners who arrested, whatever the alleged "There are a lot of things you can in the United States, or in other that you just can't do in the world," a State partment official said. Joining a political demonstration, in formal or informal work, drinking alcohol, photographs without permission, swimming naked or just talking to the wrong people are enough to attract the attention of police in several countries.

In some, police brutality is the norm, and civil rights are unknown or immaterial. American consular officials have become particularly concerned about the rising number of American citizens involved in narcotics cases. Between 2,000 and 3,000 Americans are arrested every year on drug charges abroad, in more than 100 countries, according to the State Department. More than 1,000 may go to jail for possession of relatively small of marijuana. "Of all Americans arrested abroad on drug charges in 1989," a State Department brochure says, "marijuana was involved in of the cases.

Many of these possessed one ounce or less of the substance." Warnings in American embassies abroad state clearly the limitations of consular assistance in drug cases or American officials warn that arrests in many countries can mean long solitary confinement before trial, sometimes with abuses at the hands of local authorities. Drug offenders in some countries can be sentenced to hard labor, without the right of appeal. other crimes. An consul re How Civil War naval battles were pictured cannot get a prisoner released, or represent. the defendant at a trial.

Embassies and consulates will not pay fines or legal fees. Yet many Americans continue to expect an embassy to intercede to get them out of trouble. All that American diplomats can normally do is visit a prisoner and notify his or her family of the arrest. Consular officials can protest mistreatment but cannot ask for protection or special services beyond those required by local law. American officials warn that.

arrests in many countries can mean long solitary confinement before trial, sometimes with abuses at the hands of local authorities. Drug offenders in some countries can be sentenced to hard labor, without the right of appeal. In several countries the death penalty has been imposed for trafficking and for varying degrees of possession. In addition to Malaysia, Thai-: land, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Turkey execute narcotics offenders. Several Americans have been arrested on charges that carry the death penalty and are in jails awaiting trial or sentencing.

In the Jamaica, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago have stiffened drug laws. Mexico has also begun to increase penalties. Trusting tourists can be drawn unwittingly into crime, by carrying someone else's parcel, for or allowing a stranger to "use" part of their luggage allowance. A common scenario, according to the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, especially among. travelers from New York: A woman is invited to Jamaica, the The demand for timely pictures was met by state-of-the-art technology.

Artists in the field dashed off sketches and rushed them to the editor by boat, dispatch rider or train. The scene was rapidly rendered ready for the press by wood-block carvers or lithograph engravers, often as many as a dozen working day and night on different sections of the same engraving. A picture of a battle might well be in the reader's hands before the last of the dead were buried. Say within, a week or 10 days, in exceptional cases. Sometimes the pictures.

were so dramatic that the editors feared readers would suspect sensationalism, which of course newspapers never, never indulge in. "Our sketch of the accident (to the U.S. gunboat Barney, VEGAS Stop Non $349 7 NTS. IMPERIAL Bourbon Street $329 Air Only $259 TRAVEL OPEN 7 DAYS 051054 (216) 779-9160 1-800-243-2433 REMEMBER THE GOOD OLE DAYS LAS VEGAS PRIME TIME NON-STOP CHARTERS Dep. Cleve.

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Before they fly home, he asks her to carry drugs for him, assuring her that no one checks luggage in tourist spots, and anyway not luggage carried by women. In fact, Caribbean islands have well-trained anti-narcotics officers, sniffer dogs and sometimes U.S. Customs officials stationed at airports. The woman is pulled out of line and arrested as a mule, a drug-car-' rier. She can be sentenced to seven years in prison.

Her boyfriend, meanwhile, is long gone and out of the reach of the law. Of course, most of the millions of tourists who roam the world year never run into any trouble. Yet there are occasional muggings or thefts, and now and then a tragic death. In many such cases, especially in developing countries, the most frustrating experience for the visitor comes from the widespread incompetence of local police in investigating crime. en The Bureau of Consular Affairs has various pieces of advice aimed at avoiding problems.

Not being certain to rent a car from a company protected by insurance, for example, can lead to personal liability in an accident and a jail without bail while the case is heard or bribes are negotiated. In countries where the exporting of antiques and artifacts is forbidden or strictly controlled Thailand, India and most Latin American countries with pre-Columbian art are examples travelers have bought good reproductions only to find that untutored officials have seized the art work arrested owners. A bill of sale with detailed description of the object in the local language may help avoid trouble. Incidentally, carrying art from one torpedoed on the James River) may seem an exaggeration, but is attested to by persons present as being literally and really accurate," asserted Leslie's on Aug. 29, 1863, adding "as indeed are all the sketches we present, a fact which giyes, our paper a surpassing value a record of the period." Southern readers had to make do with fewer and cruder illustrations, because of shortages that resulted in money being printed on newsprint and newspapers on wallpaper.

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