Update Feb 2012: Martin was sentenced 57months and with time served to be deducted, he has 1yr
2months remaining on his sentence.
Martin is eligible to transfer back to Australia. His transfer documentation has been sent to the Minister of Justice Jason Clare MP.
Update April 2013: Bring Martin Home Campaign: Click here Update May 2013: Bring Martin Home Campaign has reached target: Click here
Update October 2013: Martin is home
This photo is of Martin as he is today (2013).
Write to him here:
Martin Garnett 455663
Private bag 144
Silverwater NSW 1811
Please support the transfer of Martin Garnett by writing to Minister for Justice Jason Clare MP.
Letter to Minister of Justice Jason Clare MP
20 November 2012
Dear Minister Clare, I
am writing to you as a Senior Advocate of the Foreign Prisoner Support
Service. We provide an online service to create education and awareness
of human rights and
social justice. We also provide a volunteer consultancy for cases
involving; foreign internment, kidnap, missing persons, hostage. For
the past ten years, we have been supporting an Australian prisoner
detained in a Thai Prison, and who was subsequently transferred to a US
Prison. His name is Martin Garnett. Over
the years we have corresponded with Martin and in particular, when he
was detained in the Thai prison system, we helped direct our members
travelling to Thailand on holiday, to visit Martin and give him some
moral support and basic food supplies. Following such visits we would
receive positive feedback from our members. Many of which have
maintained that contact and developed lasting friendships. Many were
inspired by his attitude in turning his life around. Clearly the Thai
Government witnessed his transformation over the years and hence, the
granting of a Pardon. I
have personally corresponded with Martin and found him at all times to
be of good nature, caring, positive and deeply sorry for past sins. He
has been instrumental in creating awareness, through our service and
other outlets, to inspire others to choose a different path to the one
he found himself on all those years ago. He has on many occasions
offered to assist our organisation in giving moral support to other
Australian prisoners, particularly young Australians, arrested overseas
for drug offenses. Some of which were on death row. I believe Martin has
become a good role model and his experiences may provide a reality
check to those contemplating unlawfulness. In fact, we used Martin's
case, among others, as part of our anti-drug campaign to the 30,000
youth we spoke to at Sydney's Homebake Festival. We
have seen Martin mature over the years and believe he deserves a second
chance. We are hopeful that you will consider his case, and the person
he has become, and grant him your support in expediting his transfer
from the United States to Australia. We believe you have a copy of the
report sent from the US regarding the said matter. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me. Regards, Kay Danes Senior Advocate Foreign Prisoner Support Service
Martin Garnett's incredible story.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
- Article 6 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.