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R. v. Lewis and Farrar, 1919

[opium smuggling]

R. v. Lewis and Farrar

Bangkok
1919
Source: The Canton Times, 11 September 1919

 

 JUSTICE IN SIAM.

TWO BRITISH ENGINEERS IMPRISONED.

   It will be remembered that some weeks ago Messrs. Lewis and Farrar, the first and second officer, respectively, of the s.s. Linan, a frequent caller at Hongkong, were convicted by a Bangkok Court of importing opium into Siam and of being in unlawful possession of opium.  They were sentenced to three years and to two years and six months respectively.  On appeal, the conviction and sentence were upheld but in the Dika Court, when the matter came before five judges, the sentences were reduced to two years and two months and two years and one month respectively.

   Messrs. Farrar and Lewis are both well-known in Hongkong, and the following article from the Bangkok Times, of August 20th.,  in reference to their treatment will be read with interest:-

Comparisons, we are told, are invariable odious but we make no apology for submitting the following to the sense of justice of our readers, who will doubtless assign any opium attaching thereto to the quarter concerned.

             NAI CHAI.

Charge: Attempted murder, or, in the alternative, causing grievous bodily harm to a girl of 17.

            MESSRS. LEWIS AND FARRAR.

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