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Daisy Angus Case File
Daisy Angus, 23 years old from the United Kingdom is currently detained in Mumbai, India on drug related charges. She has been detained since November 2002.

Daisy Angus September 16, 2006
This update is based on information provided by Daisy's mother Nadine Angus.

GENERAL NEWS
Nadine informs us that the conditions in the prison at Puna are tough and have very strict rules. It has taken Daisy a little time to get used to the new routine and her surroundings but Nadine says she is coping. Daisy's limited belongings were again taken away from her upon her arrival to Puna Prison, including her mat to sleep on. She is the only European detained in Puna but there are two others who speak english that are detained in the same building. Daisy is closely monitored like everyone else and has not been ill-treated as far as we know. Nadine reports that Daisy found 2 little kittens to look after so at least she has some companionship. Daisy asked the Superintendent to give her some work and we will hopefully hear more about that in Nadine's next update! We don't know if it is possible but Nadine is currently looking into long distance educational courses to keep Daisy's mind occupied. If anyone can assist with this then please let us know.

When visiting Daisy at Puna Prison, the time is restricted to a mere 10 minutes only, ONCE a month. So it's best to let us know if you are planning to travel through Mumbai and check first before you book a visit. It would be terrible if your visit meant that Daisy was denied a visit with her family.

LATEST UPDATE ON CARE PACKAGES
Nadine advises that no toiletries, clothes or even food can be brought into the prison during visiting sessions or at any other time. For this reason, please send any parcels including books, magazines and photos to the British Deputy High Commission. Letters can still be sent directly to Daisy at the prison:

    Daisy Angus
    c/o Catherine Cleeve,
    British Deputy High Commission
    Maker Chambers IV,
    222, Jamnalal Bajaj Road,
    Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400 021, India

The British Embassy will hand these items to Daisy at their next consular visit. Be sure that any items sent to the High commission are sealed and tamper-proof.

APPEAL NEWS
Daisy’s Court appeal has been filed in the High Court and it should take about 9 more months to be heard. We are hoping around May 2007.

GIFTS AND FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Many have expressed their wish to help financially and this is tremendous. Nadine and Daisy are both extremely thankful that there are people so willing to assist them.

"I am so grateful to you. God Bless you. My biggest need at the moment is finances as this has been going on for almost 4 years now. I have sent the first payment for her new lawyers fees, and from what I have gathered, I might need to pay more over the next months until the appeal is heard. The legal costs are expensive. I would be so thankful for any SMALL or LARGE gifts towards it, whatever you can spare. Thank you' says Nadine Angus.

If you would like to make a financial contribution then please contact us for further information.

FUNDRAISING
If you have any fundraising ideas that might help us raise the necessary funds for legal and probable court impossed fine, then please contact us. Nadine reports that a very kind man in Boscombe has printed a few posters to hand out at festivals and throughout the community. Pastor Steven from the Oasis Church in Porthsmouth will be helping Nadine to raise funds and his support is very much appreciated. So far Nadine has personally raised £800 and hopes to raise a further £1250 from the sale of her daughter‘s car!

Nadine has somehow managed to maintain her fighting spirit and her sense of humour and this is incredible when you consider all that she has been through. "If you see a clown ballooning in town or around … well , that’s me fundraising!" she jokes.

But seriously, any contributions and ideas are welcome and on behalf of Daisy, Nadine, family and friends, we thank you for your kind offers of support and trust you will keep writing to Daisy so that she will be comforted throughout this terrible ordeal.

Daisy Angus Update 6 April 2007

ORDEAL: Daisy Angus pictured in 1998.
As of 12.30am Good Friday Australian time, the Trueman family have learned that Daisy Angus was acquitted of all charges.

More to follow. This is tremenoudous news and our sincerest best wishes to the family.


It took 5 years to justice; HC rules Daisy was erroneously sentenced to 10 yrs' RI
After nearly five years of "living nightmare", dawn is breaking in Daisy Angus' life. The 26-year-old French-born British citizen was arrested by the Air Intelligence Bureau on November 21, 2002, when she was travelling to Berlin with Israeli friend Yoram Kadesh. Ten kilogram hashish had been found in one of the bags she was carrying at the airport. Daisy pleaded that the bag belonged to Kadesh, but the latter denied her claim.

In June 2006, a Sessions Court convicted Daisy under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1995, and sentenced her to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment. Ever since her arrest by the Air Intelligence Bureau, she had been languishing at Byculla jail.

On Thursday, Daisy got a fresh lease of life. Hearing her appeal against the conviction, Bombay High Court observed that Kadesh had a narcotic history. His KLM North-West Airline ticket to Berlin had two baggage tags attached to it, one of which was found in Daisy's possession. During interrogation at the airport it was found that Daisy not aware of the bag's contents. The court, therefore, acquitted her of the charges and observed that it was more likely that Kadesh actually possessed the drugs.

Daisy's mother Nadine, sitting in the last row of Courtroom 53, broke down as Justice JH Bhatia pronounced her acquittal. "After nearly five years of litigation, we have finally got justice," said Nadine, overwhelmed with emotion. - Full Story


Update 6 August 2006
On behalf of Daisy and her family we would like to thank everyone who continues to write and support Daisy. The family have been deeply touched by the amount of people who are so willing to help in any way possible. Daisy has continued to show remarkable courage throughout her ordeal and though she may be living in very poor conditions, she is holding up remarkably well and hasn't lost any of her fighting spirit. She has faced difficulties but has overcome them and is doing her best to remain positive.

There has been a great deal of speculation about what will happen next and whether or not Daisy will opt to remain in India, or seek to return to the UK, under a Prisoner Transfer Arrangement. Daisy's Mum wants her daughter home as soon as possible, as do we all, but ultimately, this decision is one that Daisy will make in consideration to what she feels is best for her particular situation. In the meantime, we ask our members who are writing to simply encourage Daisy and let her know that whever she decides, she will continue to have your support.

If you would like to offer any financial assistance to Daisy or her family then please contact us or send via the 'Prison Comforts' System operated by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office [see link]. It has been a struggle for the family to keep in direct contact with Daisy due to costs of airfares and accomodation, so any help you might provide will certainly be gratefully received and alleviate this burden on the family.

Update 05 November 2005
Daisy's Mum Nadine would like to thank everyone following Daisy's case for their support and concerns. There is not a great deal to report as the Indian holidays [Diwali] caused a delay in proceedings. Daisy now waits until the Court re-opens in November to know the next stage of her trial. FPSS will advise members in due course. We thank you for your patience and urge all our members and visitors to this site to continue your prayers for Daisy and her family.

Daisy Angus Case Update - September 2005

Foreign Prisoner Support Services would like to thank all our members for writing in and expressing their concern for Daisy Angus. Recently, Daisy's family contacted FPSS and clarified her current situation. According to Daisy's family, much of what has been written about Daisy in the media is untrue and is not helpful to her present situation.

Daisy's Mother reports that Daisy is fine and has never being abused in anyway as reported in the media. She has been very brave throughout this ordeal, has learnt Hindi and is teaching english to the other women and children in her cell. Daisy has made a few campaigns to improve the jail's conditions and is a great help to those around her. She is a remarkable woman and has done her best in a very bad situation.

The family does not wish to make any further comment.

Media Enquiries
Thank you to those journalists who have contacted us in regards to this matter. We hope that you understand that we are unable to provide any further details at the request of the family. Please direct all media enquiries to them via the UK Embassy in Mumbai. Our apologies for any inconvenience to your endeavors but FPSS operates under strict privacy guidelines in accordance with the requests we receive from both family and detainee.

Daisy Angus News & Articles
Nightmare end to her dream trip

ORDEAL: Daisy Angus pictured in 1998.
IT was meant to be the adventure of a lifetime. Pretty Daisy Angus was just 22 when she embarked on a round-the-world trip.

But it led to a cell in India where she has just been sentenced to 10 years for smuggling cannabis. It will be another six years before she is freed.

Daisy had given up her job as a fitness instructor and health referral consultant at Bournemouth's Littledown Centre to travel.

But it was at Mumbai Airport in November 2002 when Daisy's future was shattered.

Customs officials stopped her as she put her bags through the x-ray machine.

Suspicious of what was inside, officers opened her suitcase and discovered 10kg of cannabis hidden in a secret compartment.

A short time later her father, John Angus, told the Echo that Daisy knew there was something in the suitcase but not what it contained.

She later retracted the statement and protested her innocence.

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  • Daisy gets 10 years in Indian Jail
  • Briton gets 10 years’ RI after 42-month trial
    Three-and-a-half years, 50 witnesses and three judges later, the Special NDPS Court on Wednesday sentenced a fitness trainer with Dorset County Council in England to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs2 lakh for the possession and attempt to export 10kg of Cannabis in November 2002.

    Co-accused Yoram Kadesh, an Israeli citizen, was let off due to lack of evidence. "I just want to go home," said a relieved Kadesh.

    Daisy was intercepted by customs officers on November 8, 2002, at Mumbai airport on her way to The Netherlands. The image of her luggage during X-ray examination roused suspicion and the bag was examined. Officers said they found 10kg of hashish in a false bottom in her suitcase.

    BBC reported on January 10, 2003 that "her father John said that Daisy had admitted she was offered $10,000 to bring the suitcase through the customs". Daisy was so anguished that she sobbed loudly when Special judge PB Sawant read out the conviction.

    "I have already served almost four years in jail for a crime I did not commit. This false case against me killed my father and grandmother. My superiors in council believe in my innocence and have kept my job open till I return," she said. Expressing their disappointment, Daisy’s mother Nadine her younger sister Tenderesse and uncle Pascal said they believed that Daisy was innocent.

    Nadine said, "Expecting a fair trial, Daisy spoke the truth from the beginning.

    Footnote: FPSS would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Daisy and her family for what has been a nightmare experience. They have showed tremendous strength. We hope that the British Embassy are able to move this forward to bring Daisy home [UK] where she can receive proper care and support.

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  • Convicted Brit’s brother gets violent in court
  • Daisy Angus Update 13 March 2006
    FPSS would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Daisy Angus. It has been a traumatic time for the family with Daisy's father passing away with Leukemia. We hope that Nadine [Daisy's mother] will find the strength to keep fighting and to know that everyone at FPSS is praying for her and her family. Daisy is set to go to trial shortly. We cannot publicize the date at this time but the matter has been filed in the High Court. It should have been finalised over a year ago but there were a number of delays (witnesses not showing up, judge sick, judge moved, judge changed, holidays, court closed, no guards to take Daisy to court, prosecutor sick, holidays etc] It is highly frustrating for everyone concerned but the family are all very proud of Daisy and the way in which she continues to conduct herself. She has been very strong all this time and has used her time in jail to help improve the conditions.

    Daisy Angus Update 28 September 2005
    It has come to the attention of Foreign Prisoner Support Service [FPSS] who are in direct contact with Mrs. Nadine Angus, the mother of Daisy Angus detained in India, that a website link to her daughter's case is being listed at various web sites.

    According to the family, the website [www.daisyangus.net] contains false information relating to Daisy's case and the family have respectfully requested that FPSS issue a notice requesting all links to the site be removed immediately.

    The family advises that they do not know who set this website up or why? But they believe the information there could be damaging to Daisy's current court case. The trial for Daisy Angus is presently ongoing. The family do not wish to draw any negative publicity to her case and request that anyone wishing to contact Daisy do so via the Foreign Prisoner Support Service, directly liaising with her family. Contact us here

    Update September 21, 2005
    Daisy's mother has recently confirmed that Daisy can reply to her mail from the jail [although when writing please include self-addressed envelope and international postage coupon which can be obtained from most post offices] and usually gives her mail to the prisoners who go to Court to post them, or her lawyers when she sees them. She has an account with the British Embassy and her lawyers who take care of her basic needs (ie; toiletries and medical supplies).

    Media contact for Daisy Angus
    Should anyone in the media wish to contact Daisy and/or Nadine Angus then they can do so via the number below.

    Justine: +44(0)7801099065

    Thank you to all those media who have contacted us and offered their support to the family. This is greatly appreciated and we appreciate your patience.

    kind regards,

    Kay Danes
    International Human Rights Advocate
    Foreign Prisoner Support Service
    www.foreignprisoners.com
    Author Website: www.kaydanes.com
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    Media Contact with Daisy Angus

    Thank you to all those who are continuing to send us interview requests and all of which are being forwarded to Daisy and her mother Nadine for consideration. As you might expect, they are being inundated with media requests. I am advised by Nadine Angus that all media should contact Justine - 00917801099065 for all enquiries.

    It has been a tremendous ordeal for Daisy and her family and they will need a great deal of support to help them find their feet again. Thank you again for your kind offers of support to them. I'm sure it is much appreciated.

    Kay Danes
    International Human Rights Advocate
    Foreign Prisoner Support Service
    www.foreignprisoners.com
    Author Website: www.kaydanes.com
    Latest world-wide release - 'Nightmare in Laos' - A True story of a woman imprisoned in a communist gulag.

    UK EMBASSY CONTACT
      British Deputy High Commission
      Maker Chambers IV
      222 Jamnalal Bajaj Road
      (PO Box 11714)
      Nariman Point
      Bombay 400 021
      Telephone: (91) (22) 228 30517, (91) (22) 22832330, (91) (22) 22833602
      Email: comenq.bombay@fco.gov.uk
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