Chika Honda in her own words
January 16, 2005 4:19 PM   Subscribe

Chika Honda, falsely imprisoned for ten years by Australian authorities for heroin smuggling, and never pardoned, tells her story in her own words [Real Audio] in this Walkley Award-nominated documentary. This is a wrenching story of incompetence by the federal police, legal aid services, media-influenced juries and the problem of translation in legal investigations. Listen to her story and decide on her innocence for yourself.
posted by DirtyCreature (6 comments total)
I assume you mean, "decide on her guilt or innocence"...

Do you have a transcript of the Real Audio clip? I can't stand RealPlayer. Or more detail of when she was on ABC radio so I can hunt one down?

Interesting that the documentary itself with her guilt or innocence. I kind of wonder what the point is, since it's so contentious an issue.
posted by cosmonik at 5:12 PM on January 16, 2005

I believed her the first time.
posted by coelecanth at 6:31 PM on January 16, 2005

Now I'm embarassed. Sorry, DirtyCreature. Thanks for the additional informationl.
posted by coelecanth at 6:39 PM on January 16, 2005

That was an interesting, well put together radio show, thanks.

As for my hunch, I think even if Chika Honda was innocent, I doubt her companions were.
posted by dydecker at 10:01 PM on January 16, 2005

Interesting that the documentary itself [doesn't deal?] with her guilt or innocence.

The reason for this is probably that Mayu wouldn't have received the money from the government for this documentary if she had taken an active stance against a federal court decision. It's clear though she firmly believes Chika is innocent.
posted by DirtyCreature at 10:04 PM on January 16, 2005

cosmonik : "Chika" aired on ABC radio two days ago. More information here. You could try emailing radio-eye at your dot abc dot net dot au for a transcript or an audio tape.

I believe it will be re-broadcast on the radio Wednesday 19th (Sydney time) at 1pm.
posted by DirtyCreature at 10:27 PM on January 16, 2005

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