A horrible, scary situation that is likely undeserved, but putting that aside for the moment, what are others thoughts on how to deal with these sorts of situations?
My view is that after the Schapelle Corby debacle the last thing I would be doing is going to the media. It would seem like a spurious charge and one that I'd imagine in a place like Thailand is typically resolved through a friendly donation to the appropriate people and a quiet and quick release secured. My first thoughts would be on how best to achieve this in a way that does ensure the promise of freedom is delivered upon, and without getting ripped off.
What are peoples thoughts on all of this? Is the media behaving irresponsibly by bringing publicity to this sort of situation? Should there be some education available to travellers on how to navigate the 'informal' aspects of foreign legal systems?
Has anyone had any direct experience with similar situations and managed to navigate their way out of it?
I think about the Corby case and at around the same time an Australian sailor was charged in indonesia with posession of weapons or bringing weapons into the country because he had various guns on his boat (for defense against pirates). Very little media attention or profile apart from the initial news articles about his arrest and the man arrested certainly didn't do anything to stir up media attention, and from memory he was released three months later with little media fanfare surrounding his release.