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Saturday, May 12, 2012

More On The British Drug Smuggler Lucy Robertson


       The lady Lucy Robertson had two suitcases full of crack cocaine. Here in the US she would get life for such a drug possession. In Argentina they immediately gave her bail and even sent her to a youth hostel to live pending trail. They were civilized to her. Then they decided to revoke her bail and she made a run for it.

       She escaped to England in 2007. She went right to the police and they found no warrant for her arrest. Two years later Scotland Yard picked her up on a warrant from Brasil. The British Home Office and courts considered the extradition request until early 2012. They rejected the request at precisely the time Cristina was putting pressure on England over the Malvinas. If that girl had been sent back she would have got 16 years for that crime. Next door in Brasil they would have given her 8 years.

       If that lady Lucy decided to take a trip across the English Channel to France, for example, she would be arrested and facing extradition to Argentina. She is a prisoner of England for the rest of her life.

       When I lived in Brasil from 1975 to 1980, there were armed robberies every day. The normal sentence for an armed robber was three years. The jails were so full that the robber would get a ticket and be told to report to jail a couple of years later. Some robbers would accumulate 5 jail tickets before they reported to jail to do a sentence. In Argentina during the military government an armed robber got 12 years. The legend was that within 2-3 weeks of the robber's release from prison, the police came around and shot the robber dead.