Sharon Armstrong hopeful of release

OLIVIA WANNAN
Last updated 09:30 04/02/2013
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The police photograph of Sharon Armstrong when she was detained in Argentina.
JAILED: The police photograph of Sharon Armstrong when she was detained in Argentina.

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Disgraced former public servant Sharon Armstrong hopes to be released from her Argentinian prison this year with good behaviour.

Armstrong is currently serving a four-year, 10-month sentence for drug smuggling.

The former deputy chief executive at the Maori Language Commission, was arrested in 2011 in Buenos Aires with more than 5kg of cocaine with an approximate street value of $1.25 million, in a false bottom in her suitcase.

In the latest blog post on her website, she said the new year came with ‘‘the promise of my return home’’.

She wrote, while the actual date was not yet confirmed, the approaching release gave her hope.

‘‘To be home among whānau and friends fills me with much excitement.’’

‘‘As I don’t have a date confirmed to fly home I am not able to count down days, so I thought I would just count days from 1 January to see how many it will take till I leave.’’

Her monthly blog post also detailed her attempts to keep busy in prison, thanking family, friends and New Zealand embassy staff for providing her with women’s magazines, books, Sudoku puzzles and crosswords.

Armstrong was sentenced to serve a four-year, 10-month sentence after her arrest in April 2011 when trying to board a flight to London from Argentina, though she may be eligible for early release for good behaviour.

 


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