Antony de Malmanche a patsy?


Accused Kiwi drug smuggler Antony de Malmanche has met with his New Zealand Lawyer Craig Tuck in Bali over the past two days.

Mr Tuck said de Malmanche was being held in a cell with 27 other prisoners with very limited food and amenities.

“He is essentially locked down 24 hours a day in a cell with no mattress or pillow and has had no sleep for the last two nights due to ongoing and historical pain issues,” said Mr Tuck.

“It is abundantly clear that Tony has been caught up in transnational highly organised criminal group and through fraud and deception has been exploited,” Mr Tuck said.

“This is a complex case with many tentacles. I may still be weeks away from going to the prosecutor for a decision on how this will proceed. On my preliminary view it appears that Mr de Malmanche is not a trafficker – but has been trafficked.”

Mr Tuck said de Malmanche had never been overseas before this trip and “has personal characteristics which make him a vulnerable citizen.

“(He) now finds himself in a situation which is literally life and death.”

Mr Tuck said his client misses his home and family and thankful for the support he has received on his first experience of travelling overseas.

However  much the guy isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, he will have know about the basics of what is right and what is wrong.   Similarly, he will know that taking a package into another country that he does not know the contents of is ridiculously risky.

And he did it anyway.

At best, he’s sleepless, sore and scared because he simply ignored all the basics about what is legal and what is not, and what you do when going to other countries, and what you don’t.

In the end, the hardest thing to convince the authorities of is that he simply didn’t know what he was doing, and therefore had absolutely no idea of the consequences.


– NZ Herald

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