Peter Gardner New Zealand-born Australian Undergoes Trial for Drug Smuggling in China
Peter Gardner, 25, a New Zealand-born Australian is facing trial in the Chinese city of Guangzhou for smuggling drugs.
The man was detained in Guangzhou on November 8, at the airport where he was discovered to be carrying thirty kilograms of methamphetamine.
China is very strict with its laws on drugs and if anyone is found to carry an amount of methamphetamine that is greater than 50gm can face a likely death penalty or even lifetime imprisonment.
An Australian woman, Kalynda Davis, 22, who was travelling with Gardner was also detained but was later released in December as the police found that she was not involved in the drug smuggling case.
According to Amnesty International, China is a country that carries out a huge number of executions each year that surpasses the number which is carried out by the rest of the world all together. However, the definite numbers are hard to confirm as the government of China does not make the numbers known publicly.
On Thursday, the court proceedings were broadcasted live where, Gardner could be heard saying off-screen that it was "a really big mistake" committed by him and that he brought his family "a big shame."
"I'm really sorry, I really regret it... I have broken the law and there's no getting out of it," he said.
In case, Peter Gardner is found guilty of the charges, he could be executed.
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