The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) here came to the rescue of a woman from Thailand who faced difficulties in securing her passport from the court after she was released from prison.
Patcharut tried to smuggle around 5 kg of heroin to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Chennai International Airport when she was arrested by police officials on April 29, 2008.
Eventually, she was convicted by a special court under various sections of the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and Section 135(1)(a)(ii) of the Customs Act.
“DLSA filed the petition before the concerned court to return the document. After observing all the legal formalities, the passport was returned to her. Thereafter, we also contacted the Thailand Consulate and appealed the officials to issue a valid passport and communicated with the relevant departments for repatriation since she is an ‘overstayer’,” the DLSA secretary said.
“When we handed over her passport, she told us that she is rushing back to her country to see her young daughter,” Jayanthi added.