A convicted Australian heroin smuggler facing more than a decade behind bars in Fiji’s infamous Suva prison has declared he is an innocent man, while lashing out at his co-accused who escaped jail and is back living in western Sydney.
Both men will break their silence in a bombshell investigation by A Current Affair which dives deep inside an emerging trans-Pacific drug trade targeting Australian shores through clandestine shipping operations.
Liverpool man Ethan Kai speaks about his conviction and imprisonment in a chilling jailhouse interview obtained exclusively by A Current Affair.
Clad in an orange prison jumpsuit, father-of-two Kai claims he is the victim of a “biased” and “corrupt” Fijian legal system as he launches a last-ditch attempt for freedom three years into his 15-year sentence.
Ethan Kai speaks exclusively to A Current Affair and claims he innocent of the heroin smuggling he has ben sentenced to 15 years in jail for. (A Current Affair)
“It’s upsetting, the person that was accused of the crime, he’s free and the person that just got caught up in it is in prison,” an emotional Kai says.
Kai was arrested in late 2014 along with Ingleburn father Shaheed Khan, a Fijian-Australian dual national with many business and family connections throughout the island nation.
Mr Khan was listed as the first accused in a trial which heard how the two men planned to ship 29.7 kilograms of heroin from Asia to Australia, via Fiji, concealed in quad bike tyres.
The drugs arrived in Fiji in a shipping container registered in Mr Khan’s name and en route to his address, however, prosecutors were unable to prove their case against the mechanic and he walked free.A Current Affair’s Steven Marshall will also interview Kai’s co-accused, Shaheed Khan, who was not convicted.
Also granting his first interview about the intriguing and controversial courtroom drama, Mr Khan will feature in an exclusive sit-down with A Current Affair in which he declares: “I’ve got nothing to hide.”
In a story full of dramatic twists, A Current Affair also speaks to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton about a Pacific drug route which is fast becoming a highway to hell on the high seas.
Meanwhile Kai, who used separate lawyers, is not eligible for parole until 2029 following a decision which shocked and angered his Australian defence team.