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SA man released from Thai jail

2012-04-29 14:22

Johannesburg - A South African man has returned to the country after being jailed in Thailand for the past 18 years, according to Sunday's Rapport.

Johannesburg artist Shani Krebs, 52, arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday.

On 26 April 1994 he was caught with 1.2kg of heroin at Bangkok's airport. According to Krebs, a man he had recently met gave him a bag to take back to South Africa, saying it contained foreign currency. He was sentenced to life in jail, which was later reduced to 40 years.

He was pardoned on 5 December 5 last year, on King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 84th birthday.

Comments
  • Rob - 2012-04-29 14:35

    Hmmmmm, welcome back I guess.

  • Bomb - 2012-04-29 14:53

    Poor man, what a shock it must be to see SA 18 years later.

      Rob - 2012-04-29 14:58

      Ja, big shock indeed.

  • Blane - 2012-04-29 15:09

    Jail probably seems better than the carnage here

  • Buti - 2012-04-29 15:12

    News24 we want to hear from him, how was life in foreign jail, please.

      Glyn - 2012-04-29 15:54

      Lots of rice.

  • Gerald - 2012-04-29 15:26

    Surprising that no one cries foul about the pardoning of this man yet everyone is roaring about the pardoning of shaick, selebi and others that zuma is about to do. Just asking, humbly without trying to offend anyone, why is that so?

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-29 15:39

      Because he spent 18 years in prison - precisely 18 years more than those fellas.

      Gerald - 2012-04-29 15:55

      Oh, I see. So you are saying when the sentence was dispensed the number of years he was to be incacirated was arbitrary?

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-29 16:25

      One guy released from a Thai prison, by the King of Thailand, vs 35 000 let go in ZA. On what basis should people be crying foul? I can see why the Thai people might get upset - but then in their form of govt. they are not allowed to express their unhappiness for fear of being arrested.

      Gerald - 2012-04-29 17:50

      @ Lacrimose, I hear your point. Good one. By the way he wasn't released alone but with others also

      Dolf - 2012-04-29 20:10

      Because this guy has at least served 18 years in prison ... in SA for a similar offence you wont need a pardon, IF (and thats a big if) you go to prison its not even half of this sentence!

  • Michael - 2012-04-29 15:48

    @Gerald & Buttfred. Give the guy a break and have some compassion. Yes everyone makes mistakes in life due to their circumstances. You haven't walk in his shoes and have no idea what his circumstances were at the time. He has paid his debt to society unlike Shaik and Selebi. Welcome back Shani and good luck for your future.

      Gerald - 2012-04-29 15:53

      michael, I am not saying I am for or against the release of this guy, I was merely asking a question.

      Michael - 2012-04-29 16:31

      Fair enough Gerald! It was more Buttfred's comment that rubbed me up the wrong way!

  • Mike - 2012-04-29 16:25

    He has served his time and deserves to be given full respect and a chance! Remember, dont judge those unless you want to be judged!

  • Obakeng - 2012-04-29 17:29

    Like we care. He must just remember the street names have changed too. And was he shocked to have landed at OR Tambo or did he think he its an exchange airport.(Jan Smuts) LOL......!

  • Inja - 2012-04-29 18:26

    Why didn't they hang him

  • VICKYWATKINS22 - 2012-05-01 16:14

    he did a stupid thing..but I am so happy he got out..

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