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Thai king pardons SA drug mule - report

2012-03-13 16:27

Johannesburg - A Johannesburg drug mule has been pardoned by Thailand's king and is coming home, The Star reported on Tuesday.

Alexander "Shani" Krebs was arrested for drug trafficking in Bangkok in 1994, the day before South Africa's first democratic elections.

He was arrested for attempting to smuggle heroin out of Thailand and was sentenced to death at Bangkok's Bang Kwang prison. He was 34 at the time. His sentence was reduced to 100 years and then to 40 years.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej celebrated his 84th birthday on December 5 and granted amnesty to foreign prisoners convicted of drug offences, The Star reported.

Krebs, now aged 52, would arrive back in South Africa, after 18 years, on April 28.

Krebs' sister Joan Sacks reportedly told the paper: "I've been praying all these years for him to come home, but I never actually thought that he would ever be a free man.

"The last 18 years have been so tough. The pain is worse than if he had died, because it's an ongoing nightmare."

Comments
  • Kala - 2012-03-13 16:31

    One helluva lucky guy. He will probably get arrested at OR Tambo for unpaid taxes.

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-13 16:33

      Hahahahaha, good one. Yes, one very lucky guy

      Kala - 2012-03-13 16:52

      And another thing... He is going to have to apply for a new drivers license, ID Book and passport. A few days at Home Affairs will have him wondering if Thai Prison was all that bad.

      Bazzpete - 2012-03-13 16:55

      Probably have more hassles because he hasn't paid his TV license in all that time ;-)

      Squeegee - 2012-03-13 17:12

      Two weeks under ANC rule and he will be on the next flight to Thailand...

      Altus van Zyl - 2012-03-13 17:27

      Hahaha good one Kala

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-13 17:28

      Whooops he will arrive in a new Nation very different from the one he left, We all now can eat on the same table, Walk in any streets anytime bar criminality, Engage in multi-racial love life without fear of being jailed or being exiled, AWB leader is no longer with us, but his horse is still here, Inyala is nolonger a feared polizie vihecle, there ar some words that you can nolonger say in public. Boks ar now partially a rainbow team. ANCYL has a suspended leader with a big head and calls Woodwork as his academic achievements, Rhino poaching are causing carnage. Pretoria is now called Tswane, there is something called BEE, AA & Black diamonds etc

      Barefoot - 2012-03-13 18:08

      What my Pretoria is called Tshwane i thought it was not finalized yet

      Jacob - 2012-03-14 03:45

      Do you realise that if he was caught in SA he would of served a max sentence of 3 years if that. He was setup by a NIGERIAN!!Read the full story! Im sure soem of you have had a smoke of dagga. Do you not realise that even if you are caught with dagga/ a few joints you can also sit for life in prison there. He has served a very harsh sentence that should of been no more than 5 years. Its not as if he is a rapist and murderer where most of the criminals in SA get parol after 2 years. Remember when you are travelling to watch your bags as there have been cases of Nigerians /drug dealers putting stuff in a persons bag without one knowing !! Once you are caught then what you going to say....you are finished!

  • Stan - 2012-03-13 16:33

    I'm sure he has learned his lesson... say no to drugs

  • Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-13 16:38

    Wow I reckon he should become a motivational speaker

      Hermann - 2012-03-13 18:52

      And that is what he is going to do and make a boodle more than we the working class.

      Susan - 2012-03-14 08:21

      What's he gonna speak about??life in south africa as he knew it.

  • Zoleka - 2012-03-13 16:44

    Thailand is becoming soft.

      Stan - 2012-03-13 16:55

      white justice... special dispensation to these people

  • Andre - 2012-03-13 16:50

    He has done his time. he needs a new chance in life. Repent now and do not do it again, rather begin fighting the drug smugglers.

  • Thoka - 2012-03-13 16:51

    second chance in life. cherish baba. thank your lucky stars

  • Artur - 2012-03-13 16:54

    18Years, does that mean he will be our next president?

  • Sean - 2012-03-13 16:55

    Prayer always helps. God was hearing your prayers and answered them at the right time. I hope Kerbs now serves the Lord with all his heart.

      Barefoot - 2012-03-13 17:59

      A stupid question if i might- what if he's not a Christian?

      Janos - 2012-03-14 15:03

      Shani Is Jewish............

  • Shirley - 2012-03-13 17:00

    A second chance is seldome given to anyone. I hope he puts his to good use and cherishes the freedom he has been given.

  • Wisdom - 2012-03-13 17:18

    so this drug problem was here b4 foreigners come to south Africa, wow, i thank God they did not put it on Nigerians, because there was not many Nigerians by then.

      Teboho Mphaloane - 2012-03-13 17:52

      Don't you have some Nigerian news website you can go to? You're being a pain in the aß on a South African website, on an issue that has nothing to do with Nigerians and it's not really helping your point about the 'innocence' of your country me.

      Mikkel - 2012-03-13 19:45

      #Wisdom - You have NO wisdom at all.

  • Andrias Ntsime - 2012-03-13 17:21

    He can now come to Mzantsi and sell nyaope.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-03-13 17:27

    Let's hope he's learnt his lesson .......and stay's away from drugs . He is coming back to a different R S A ...

  • luyolo.makalima - 2012-03-13 18:24

    Thailand is losing it's touch :(

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-13 18:55

    Really...why didn't they burn that donkey too...we are tired of criminals walking free like nothing ever happened.

      Mikkel - 2012-03-13 19:46

      Wow. Not sure if you're trolling or just plain stupid or maybe both. News24 kindly remove this Scumbag's comment.

  • RealNikka - 2012-03-13 19:01

    Good luck on finding his home..He probably stayed a some Van Wyk street and now probably called NONTYANTYAMBO STREET.... He will probably be wondering "Hoekom word die swart mense nie bel my baas"

  • Diaan - 2012-03-13 19:12

    The Thai king sees it fit to pardon drug smugglers which got a death sentece ???? Ohh how Noble from the king . How about pardoning the more than 50 CURRENT prisoners in Thailand for insulting the king ??? NOW that will be benevolent !!!!!!!!!!!!! Ps . I have after the last conviction in thailand send a email to every thai goverment official that i could lay my hands on and insulted their king in the worst ways possible . Stranglely i have not heard of any extradition proseceding against me

  • Jim - 2012-03-13 19:48

    Nigerians are the problem - they should not be allowed in here

  • hcrouse - 2012-03-13 20:51

    18 years is long. Welcome back dude. Got any?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-13 22:08

    You know that dealing with drugs in Thailand is punishable at the highest order? Yes, your Majesty. You have now served some time in our jail, but you realize the worst of the punishment is still to come? Yes, your Majesty. You have a choice. Your Majesty? You either spend the rest of your life under the ANC...or... Your Majesty? You know Cheryl Cwele? Your Majesty! Hee! Hee! Your Majesty!

  • Paul - 2012-03-13 22:50

    the time you have had for reflexion and all the things you promised you would do ......do them im sure u will appreciate life much more this time around ..good luck and if you didnt believe there is a god believe now..he has seen fit to give you a another chance...

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-13 22:59

      Paul, I don't mean to be nasty, but how do you know what the big guy was thinking? Do you reckon he also saw it fit to use this man to bring drugs to destroy young people's lives? What's the plan?

  • Jacob - 2012-03-14 03:58

    Do you realise that if he was caught in SA he would of served a max sentence of 3 years if that. He was setup by a NIGERIAN!!Read the full story! Im sure soem of you have had a smoke of dagga. Do you not realise that even if you are caught with dagga/ a few joints you can also sit for life in prison there. He has served a very harsh sentence that should of been no more than 5 years. Its not as if he is a rapist and murderer where most of the criminals in SA get parol after 2 years. Remember when you are travelling to watch your bags as there have been cases of Nigerians /drug dealers putting stuff in a persons bag without one knowing !! Once you are caught then what you going to say....you are finished!

  • Martin - 2012-03-14 08:14

    Welcome home buddy!!!!

  • Janos - 2012-03-14 14:53

    Welcome back Shani. Man this has been a total waste ..... make good use of your new life and trust you leave that daredevil careless mentality you had as a boy behind. Honesty, integrity and respect will build your new life. Be happy and live your dream and may your dreams be alive in you. Best Regards

  • magomarele - 2012-03-14 15:32

    This guy will be a very confused guy when he arrives here. He left SA during the dark days of apartheid and he now returns during multi-racial democratic SA. He will need a lot of rehabilitation to adapt, otherwise he will battle, like most old apartheid security force members who still haunted by their apartheid demons.

  • Joseph - 2012-03-20 00:45

    This man deserves no pension from South African government.

  • Francina - 2012-06-21 14:44

    Thailand will be tired of this South African drug mule. I promise the next one will be hanged to send the message. Watch this space.

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