Aussie Geezer Gary Knowles busted for drugs in Kampot

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Re: Aussie Geezer Gary Knowles busted for drugs in Kampot

Post by ned kelly » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:11 pm

CEOCambodiaNews wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:00 pm
Fears for former Canberra public servant held in Cambodian jail
By Steve Evans
15 January 2019 — 11:02am
There are fears for the welfare of a former Canberra public servant imprisoned in Cambodia on drugs charges.

Gary Knowles, now 73, was arrested in the south-east Asian country more than a year ago. Now one of his former colleagues, worried about his health given the harsh reputation of Cambodian prisons, has called on the Australian government to intervene.

Peter Harris, a former director at the IT group in the Attorney-General's department who was Mr Knowles's boss when the two worked together in Canberra, wants the government to do more for its imprisoned former employee.

While Mr Knowles worked for the federal government, he was seconded to the Thai government to install a computer system meant to help disrupt the illicit drugs route to Australia.

After working in Thailand, he retired and settled in neighbouring Cambodia, according to his former boss.

But in December 2017, he was arrested at a resort in the south of Cambodia, along with his girlfriend.

Local newspapers identified the accused pair as Robert Gary Knowles, then aged 72, and his Cambodian girlfriend Meas Phary, 28. The newspapers printed pictures of the two of them with a stash of drugs.

The police were said to have seized six packages of crystal meth, five tablets of ecstasy and nine boxes of aphrodisiacs. Paraphernalia used to consume drugs was also displayed.

Since then Mr Knowles has vanished from public view. His family told The Canberra Times that neither he nor they wanted publicity.

But his former boss says he fears for Mr Knowles' safety in a Cambodian jail. Conditions are likely to be bleak in the extreme, with severe overcrowding and minimal medical aid for a man in his 70s. He may well die in prison.

Mr Harris concedes Mr Knowles was arrested on drugs charges, but says the amounts allegedly in his possession were relatively small and not those of a major drug dealer.

He says that despite the charge, the Australian government should do more for one of its citizens and former employees.

"It is amazing that the Foreign Minister has done nothing since Gary was incarcerated. No trial, no hearing, nothing. He is 73 years old and the alleged amount of narcotics was trivial - he was obviously not a dealer", Mr Harris says.

He wrote to Julie Bishop last year when she was foreign minister, saying "he deserves some special assistance and support from Australia as a result of his subsequent 'downhill' spiral attributable to the Australian government sending him to SE Asia.

"Please give this man some humane assistance. He needs medical and psychological assistance at the very minimum."

In its response, the department wrote: "Please be reassured that his welfare is receiving the concerted attention of consular officials in Phnom Penh [the Cambodian capital] and Canberra." ... 50qdl.html
Fuck him,of course he and his skank were dealing.
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