Thursday, 9 June 2005
A Lithgow man is among a long list of Australians held for extended periods in foreign prisons while awaiting long delayed Court proceedings.
His details were included in a list published in the Sunday Age and Sydney Morning Herald in a wave of such revelations by lobbyists in the wake of the furore over the Schapelle Corby case in Indonesia and the calls for a prisoner exchange arrangement.
The Lithgow man was identified as 41 year old Stephen John Sutton who has been in jail in South America for more than two years.
Details are somewhat vague but The Age reported that Sutton was arrested in Argentina in February 2003 in a joint operation with Australian Federal Police to crack down on cocaine trading.
The Age said that three other Australians arrested in Australia on connection with the same allegations have already been sentenced to jail terms ranging from 10 to 13 years.
But Sutton continues to languish in an Argentinian prison awaiting his day in Court.
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