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MARTIN GARNETT (AUS) 
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INMATE DETAILS & INFORMATION
NAME: Martin Garnett (previously Mitchell Blake)
AGE: 15 Nov 1966
ORIGIN: Sydney, Australia
ARRESTED: 23 September 1993.
PRISON: Was initially detained in Klong Prem Central Prison in Building 6

33/2 Ngam Wong Wan Road
Bangkhen, Chatujuck
THAILAND 10900
 

CHARGE: Drug Offenses
THAI SENTENCE: After serving 18 years of his sentence he was granted clemency by His Majesty the King of Thailand.

THE CASE: Since his arrest in Thailand on 23 September 1993, he was further indited in May 2002, on a drug related offense. The American authorities requested his extradition.

Martin was transferred to a US prison in Indiana. The longest serving Australian in a foreign prison.

Update Nov 9, 2011 (US Court) Click Here

Update Sept 12, 2011: Click here

Update Feb 2012: Martin was sentenced 57months and with time served to be deducted, he has 1yr 2months remaining on his sentence.

Martin is eligible to transfer back to Australia. His transfer documentation has been sent to the Minister of Justice Jason Clare MP
.

Update April 2013: Bring Martin Home Campaign: Click here


This photo is of Martin as he is today (2012).
He shares his story so that others might make better choices.

 


Please support the transfer of Martin Garnett by writing to Minister for Justice Jason Clare MP.





Letter to Minister of Justice Jason Clare MP

20 November 2012

Dear Minister Clare,


I am writing to you as a Senior Advocate of the Foreign Prisoner Support Service. We provide an online service to create education and awareness of human rights and social justice. We also provide a volunteer consultancy for cases involving; foreign internment, kidnap, missing persons, hostage.

For the past ten years, we have been supporting an Australian prisoner detained in a Thai Prison, and who was subsequently transferred to a US Prison. His name is Martin Garnett.

Over the years we have corresponded with Martin and in particular, when he was detained in the Thai prison system, we helped direct our members travelling to Thailand on holiday, to visit Martin and give him some moral support and basic food supplies. Following such visits we would receive positive feedback from our members. Many of which have maintained that contact and developed lasting friendships. Many were inspired by his attitude in turning his life around. Clearly the Thai Government witnessed his transformation over the years and hence, the granting of a Pardon.

I have personally corresponded with Martin and found him at all times to be of good nature, caring, positive and deeply sorry for past sins. He has been instrumental in creating awareness, through our service and other outlets, to inspire others to choose a different path to the one he found himself on all those years ago. He has on many occasions offered to assist our organisation in giving moral support to other Australian prisoners, particularly young Australians, arrested overseas for drug offenses. Some of which were on death row. I believe Martin has become a good role model and his experiences may provide a reality check to those contemplating unlawfulness. In fact, we used Martin's case, among others, as part of our anti-drug campaign to the 30,000 youth we spoke to at Sydney's Homebake Festival.

We have seen Martin mature over the years and believe he deserves a second chance. We are hopeful that you will consider his case, and the person he has become, and grant him your support in expediting his transfer from the United States to Australia. We believe you have a copy of the report sent from the US regarding the said matter.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,

Kay Danes
Senior Advocate
Foreign Prisoner Support Service


Martin Garnett's incredible story.
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