"Midnight Express" Redux

Update: 12/27/04: Erik Aude arrives home from Pakistan. 12/21: Erik Aude is released from jail.

Original Post:

A 21 year old California actor, Erik Anthony Aude, who had a bit part in "Hey Dude, Where's My Car," has been sentenced to seven years in a Pakistani prison for smuggling opium. He could have been sentenced to death.

Aude's mother said he was "duped by a man he met at a Burbank gym into thinking he was importing leather goods." She called the sentence as good as a death sentence.

Pakistan is not a member of the Prisoner Transfer Treaty Program so Aude can't even do his time in a U.S. jail. Ouch.

[link via The Guardroom]

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