Half a decade has passed inside his humid Thai prison cell, where he sleeps on the concrete floor, “living like an animal.” Yet when Michael Karas emerges, he’s an optimist.
Karas, 60, picks up the telephone in visitation room No. 4 of Bangkok Remand Prison. He’s soft-spoken, hard to hear over the loud voices of young Thai inmates speaking their native language to loved ones through the pane. When asked to repeat himself, he leans forward toward the hazy glass.
“I’ve been repatriated,” he says.
“I’m coming home.” Karas’s accent is unmistakably Canadian, and so …
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