American man to face caning in Singapore

American man to face caning in Singapore

Singapore : Singapore | Oct 21, 2010 at 9:03 PM PDT
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An American business man will face trial in Singapore for breaking immigration laws.

U.S. citizen Kamari Kenyada Charlton has been charged for overstaying his three-month tourist visa by 169 days.

If convicted, the 37-year-old man could become the first American sentenced to caning in the city-state after 16 years.

Born in the Bahamas, he was arrested in Changi Airport on 1 September trying to leave the country.

The American businessman has not entered a plea. He acknowledged overstaying, citing a bad advice he received from a person he met on the street.

According to his lawyer, if found guilty, Kamari is facing a mandatory three strokes of the cane and will be put behind bars.

Singapore officials declined the defendant's request to consider commuting the potential sentence to a fine.

Some other offenders, including the defendant's pregnant wife who overstayed for 194 days settled her case by paying S$500 (US$382).

The U.S. embassy in Singapore is closely monitoring the case and officials have provided consular assistance to the defendant including five visits by consular officers.

In August, a Swiss citizen received three strokes and seven months in jail for breaking into a train depot and spraying graffiti on a train.

The last American caned in the country was in 1994 when teen Michael Fay got four strokes and four months in jail for vandalizing cars and public property.

Singapore takes pride for having one of the lowest crime rates and highest standards of living in the world, but human rights groups criticize excessive punishments such as hanging drug offenders.

Gino C. Matibag is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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