German convicted of drug trafficking released

15th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 July 2005, SINGAPORE - A young German woman who escaped the gallows for drug trafficking three years ago was freed from Singapore's Changi Women's Prison on Friday, spokeswoman Lim Soo Eng said.

15 July 2005

SINGAPORE - A young German woman who escaped the gallows for drug trafficking three years ago was freed from Singapore's Changi Women's Prison on Friday, spokeswoman Lim Soo Eng said.

Julia Suzanne Bohl, 26, planned to depart shortly from Singapore for Europe after serving three years of her five-year term.

She was to be reunited with her divorced parents who are in Singapore. Her immediate destination was not clear as her father lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands and her mother in Germany.

"She was released," Lim told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. "I cannot release any details, even the time," she added.

Bohl's sentence was reduced by one-third because of her "good behaviour", said Subhas Anandan, the lawyer who not only represented her at the initial trial but kept in close touch with his client through the years.

"She has very much matured," Anandan noted.

Bohl, who sported a long pony tail during the court proceedings in 2002, has since cut her hair short. She studied economics and social services under a London School of Economic programme while she was in prison, according to Anandan.

A student at the German International School in Singapore, Bohl was on an internship programme with Daimler-Chrysler when she was charged with drug trafficking after police seized 687 grams of marijuana and other drugs from her apartment.

Death by hanging is mandatory for anyone aged 18 or over who is convicted of carrying more than 500 grams of cannabis.

The prospect of death by hanging for a 23-year-old triggered a storm of protests in Germany.

She escaped execution when laboratory tests found the amount of drugs weighed only 281 grams.

DPA

Subject: German news

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