Friends and family of former actor and entrepreneur Gilespie were shocked to hear of his emergence after vanishing in China 6 years ago. They assert he was wrongly accused of the charges of smuggling methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice.”
Close friend Roger James Hamilton posted on social media a message he received from a friend claiming that the bag Gilespie was caught with containing about 7.5 kilograms of methamphetamine was a gift from a group of Chinese businesspeople he had just met.
Karm attended a meeting with a group of Chinese businesspeople who agreed to invest in his project (a storage facility).
“As a sign of good faith of their intentions,” they gave him some gifts to take back to Australia with him—”brand name leather goods and luggage” that had drugs hidden in the linings.
“They asked him to carry presents back to their partners in Australia which included handbags. The drugs were in the handbags. It was a set up,” the message stated.
Hamilton goes on to say that the reason nobody knew of Gilespiess arrest was due to a decision he and his lawyer made to keep silent so as not to “jeopardise the negotiations with China for his release.”
Gilespie was arrested in 2013 as he was about to board an international flight from Baiyun Airport, in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
His first trial after about seven years was on June 10, where a verdict of capital punishment was given. He was given 10 days to appeal the decision.
“It is heartbreaking to think that for the last six and a half years Karm has been in prison without any of us knowing or having any way to support him,” the message on Hamiltons Facebook said.
Childhood pen-pal Jill Parris found out about Karm via Facebook. The last time they spoke was in December 2013, she says it was out of character for him to just disappear with no contact for seven years.
“I havent slept. I just want my friend to be safe and home in Australia with these issues that hes been charged with that I dont believe,” Parris told Nines Today show on June 15.
“Im extremely shocked. He was a straightforward person, very honest to a fault, he would tell me the truth always. Very truthful. He was a very direct person, very communicative and loving and caring individual. Very special,” she said.Parris says that Karms arrest is impacting the family greatly: “My children have known him since they were born. My daughters 37 and my son is 33.”
Speaking at Parliament House on June 15, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he is sad and concerned about the case.
“Australias opposition to the death penalty is bipartisan, multipartisan, unanimous, principled, consistent and well-known,” Morrison told parliament during Question Time.
Morrison said Australian officials have raised his case with Chinese counterparts on a number of occasions and are still working to secure his freedom.
“I and the government are very sad and concerned that an Australian citizen, Mr Karm Gilespie, has been sentenced to death in China,” Morrison said.
“Our thoughts are with him, his family and his loved ones.”
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