Although the Federal District Court in Manhattan rejected Rajat Gupta’s lawyer’s proposal for an overseas programme of community service, penal tourism may be a future alternative to customary jail sentencing.
Mr Gupta, the former managing director of McKinsey and Company, was convicted of insider-trading in June 2012 and was sentenced to two years imprisonment in October this year.
Mr Gupta’s defence lawyers proposed two alternatives to Judge Jed S. Rakoff in a sentencing memorandum submitted to the Federal District Court in Manhattan, according to The Star Online.
One of the options was “less orthodox but innovative”, according to the memorandum.
The arrangement would have seen Gupta travel to Rwanda to live and work with government officials contributing his vast knowledge and skills towards improving the delivery of health care, as well as the development of agriculture.
According to Gupta’s lawyers the punishment would see the guilty party “confront significant hardships… as Gupta would be thousands of miles from his family and friends, and would be living in basic accommodations in rural areas of the country.”
Judge Rakoff labelled the suggested punishment as “Peace Corps for insider traders” and dismissed the proposal, sentencing Mr Gupta to two years in prison and fine of US$5 million.
Although the offer was rejected, the idea of penal tourism could help to raise the international profile of in-need nations and causes worldwide.
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Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T