Stephen John Sutton

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Stephen John Sutton (born 1964) is an Australian man who was imprisoned in Argentina. He was arrested on 4 February 2003[1] after a joint operation by the Australian Federal Police and Argentine Police. He was charged with narcotics offences[2] and was sentenced in 2005 to 11 years in jail for drug trafficking. He was released November 2008.[3] He was featured in the 13 July 2011 episode of Locked Up Abroad (titled as Banged Up Abroad in the UK).

Sutton was last seen by his family in Sydney, Australia. At the time, he was living by himself and working in a Sydney factory. It is believed that he had met a Peruvian woman at his place of employment. He contacted his sister by mail, informed her that he had travelled to Peru with the woman, was living with the family and that the family was treating him well.

Sutton and his family members maintain his innocence, as he claims that he was asked to courier "a quantity of gold" from Peru to Argentina. He also claims that when arrested, he had no drugs in his possession. The Sutton family is campaigning for his early release and improved support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), who they maintain have provided inadequate health care[4] and legal advice to Sutton and insufficient information to the family. They have also criticized the Australian Government for not making attempts to have him returned to Australia, comparing his case to that of Schapelle Corby.[5]

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  1. ^ Byrnes, Brian (9 February 2003). "Operation Kangaroo nets cocaine haul in Buenos Aires" (transcript). Correspondents Report, ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Miller, Wayne (7 February 2003). "Joint drug raids yield 14 arrests". The Age. Retrieved 16 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Stephen John Sutton". Foreign Prisoners Support Service. 16 July 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Family seeks help for man in Argentine jail Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 12 November 2005
  5. ^ Monro, Catherine (29 May 2005). "Family plea for inmate in Argentina". The Age. Retrieved 16 May 2008. 

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