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Friday, 23 November 1979


Senator Knight asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign affairs, upon notice, 18 October 1979:

(1)   How many of those Australian citizens imprisoned overseas on: (a) drug related charges: and (b) other charges, are imprisoned: (i) pending, or in the course of, court proceedings; and (ii) as the result of a conviction that has been recorded.

(2)   How long has each person in category (i) above, facing drug related charges, been imprisoned.

(3)   How long has each person in category (i) above, facing other charges, been imprisoned.

(4)   What prison term has been imposed on each person in category (ii) above, convicted on drug related charges, and how much of that prison term has been served in each case.

(5)   What prison term has been imposed on each person in category (ii) above, convicted on other charges, and how much of that prison term has been served in each case.


Senator Carrick - The Acting Foreign Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The following figures are provided from information available as at 22 October 1979.

(1)   a.(i)34,(u)44; b.(i)21,(ii)31.

(2)   1 month or less, 7; 2-6 months, 16; 7-12 months, 9; 13-24 months, 2.

(3)   1 month or less, 4; 2-6 months, 12; 7-12 months, 2; 1 3-24 months, 2; 39 months, 1 .

Not all of those listed above are awaiting trial. In most cases court hearings are proceeding. The person detained for 39 months was the subject of a reply to a Senate question without notice which appears in the Senate Hansard of 18 September 1979 (page 749) and I provided additional information which appeared in the Senate Hansard of 16 October 1979(page 1383).

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In addition three Australian citizens have recently been convicted, but are yet to be sentenced.







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