After spending two years in jail, the Canadian Brenda Martin has now been sentenced to another five years for her participation in an investment scam.
A great many tears have been shed over this case and Conservative politicians have been flying to Mexico to see what they can do. Many Canadians seem to believe Brenda Martin has been hard done by by the legal authorities in Mexico.
But what are the facts? As the Globe says today in its leader, “there does not appear to have been any great injustice perpetrated against her in Mexico.”
No one has supplied evidence that Mexico treated Ms Martin inhumanely or denied her a fair assessment of the facts in her case. Canadian consular officials and Paul Martin and Stephen Harper have intervened in her case.
There is no evidence Ms Martin was abused or denied medical care in custody. Her sentence is at the low end of what Mexican law sets out for the offence of which she was convicted.
What if a Mexican national were convicted of a serious crime in Canada and all kinds of do-gooders from Mexico descended on us demanding his release? What would our attitude be?
Canadians who work or travel abroad have a right to expect basic standards of justice. As the Globe writes this morning, “No evidence has been offered that Mexico violated basic standards in Ms Martin’s case.” In any event the Mexican government is expected to transfer Ms Martin to Canada to serve any jail time remaining here.