Singapore is about to cane another American – the first since Michael Peter Fay, then 18, received four cane strokes in 1994 for theft and vandalism. Kamari Charlton is a former Florida State basketball and football star. He was originally arrested for overstaying his visa (beyond the permitted 90 days). The caning is due to the visa violation.
He is also charged with fraud involving payments from an Australian man of 17,145 Australian dollars ($16,853).
Arrested while trying to leave the country, the officials found he had stayed 169 days rather than the maximum of 90 days.
Charlton was in Singapore to be with his wife who needed medical care. He was originally born in the Bahamas and runs a construction company in the Bahamas.
In June 2010, Singapore caned Swiss IT consultant Oliver Fricker, who was sentenced to 5 months’ jail and three strokes of the cane.
Charlton will be strapped to a wooden frame and lashed across the bare buttocks with a long rattan stick under Singapore’s caning provisions.