Former Florida State football player Kamari Charlton overstayed his visa during a trip to Singapore, and now faces punishment from that country. Authorities there say that he was apprehended for criminal complaints, and as a result, he might get caned.
Caning is widely used as punishment in Singapore, but Charlton’s case is unique, his defense team argues. His wife was in the country on a six-month medical visa, while he was on a three-month tourist visa.
Unlike most offenders who overstay, Maaran said, Charlton was not in Singapore to take advantage of its strong economy by working illegally. He overstayed by 169 days, according to court documents.
The former Florida State University college football player now successfully runs a construction company, his legal team says.
The case is reminiscent of the 1994 case of American teenager Michael Faye, who was sentenced to caning for vandalism in Singapore. After U.S. officials requested leniency, the Singapore government reduced the number of lashes he was given. –via CNN.
That’s just Singapore Being Singapore. Just so we’re all on the same page: caning really sucks. If you really want to see it, here’s a link that I’m calling Not Safe For Work. I’d say Remind me to never visit Singapore, but I don’t think you’ll have to.