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Mom Tries to Get Son Freed From Pakistan

The 23-year-old actor, serving seven years in prison, says he was an unwitting mule for a man smuggling opium. Nearly every day, former movie actor Erik Aude writes to his mother from his prison cell in Pakistan. He tells her about the beatings he has endured, the executions he has witnessed. He tells her about his boredom and despair, and the wasting away of his once-chiseled weightlifter’s body. Sometimes, the 23-year-old muses about suicide. He tells her he is not a drug smuggler, despite the 3.6 kilos of opium found in his suitcase at the Islamabad airport. And he rages against the man who he says tricked him into hauling drugs — a smooth-talking businessman he met at a Burbank gym. Full Story

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