Two more judges yesterday dealt with the issue of sentence cuts for inmates from abroad as they refused in three cases any reductions linked to foreignness. Madam Justice Clare-Marie Beeson, in sentencing a Malaysian decorator caught with 2.36kg of the drug 'ice', said: 'The element of foreignness is entirely irrelevant in a case like this where the defendant from a foreign country has come to commit a crime here.' In a second case before the Court of First Instance, Mrs Justice Verina Bokhary ruled lower courts should not blindly follow the Court of Appeal's lead in reducing sentences based on a prisoner's foreignness. Both judges were addressing the debate generated by a ruling in the Court of Appeal in August that resulted in Felix Rohrer, from Switzerland, having his sentence for fraud reduced to reflect the extra hardship of prison life for a foreigner. In the case of Malaysian Anuar bin Mohammed Yusup, Madam Justice Beeson rejected a plea by defence counsel Kevin Chan to take into consideration his status as a foreigner. Anuar's only mitigating factor was his plea of guilty, she said, cutting a 24-year starting point by one-third to 16 years. Anuar, 24, pleaded guilty on August 24 in Eastern Court to one charge of trafficking in a dangerous drug and was committed for sentencing in the Court of First Instance. The Malaysian flew into Hong Kong from Kuala Lumpur on April 20 and was about to board a flight to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on April 24 when he was stopped. Strapped around his waist and thighs were five zip-lock bags of ice worth $857,500, prosecutor Virginia Lau Siu-yee said. Mrs Justice Bokhary, in refusing to reduce on appeal the sentences of Iranian Monfared Saeid Babaei and Chilean Jesus Juan Vasquez Tarazona on the grounds of foreignness, said although the Court of Appeal did not specify that the principle of leniency for foreigners had to be taken on a case-by-case basis, she did not think 'they meant otherwise'. She added: 'While a foreignness reduction was considered appropriate in that case of a German-speaking Swiss national who had never been to Hong Kong before, it does not mean that it would be considered appropriate in the case of every foreigner or even every foreigner of that description.' Although Mrs Justice Bokhary rejected Babaei's foreignness as a mitigating factor, she took one month off his six-month term in consideration of his mental condition, which was not raised during his original sentencing. The 29-year-old had pleaded guilty in Kwun Tong Court on July 17 to using a false travel document and making a false representation to an immigration assistant. Vasquez, in his 50s, had pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to make false instruments, relating to cheque forgery, and to obstructing a police officer seeking fingerprints, and was jailed on July 9 for 13 months. On September 26, Mrs Justice Bokhary rejected a plea for leniency by a mainlander convicted of an immigration offence, ruling mainlanders should not be regarded as foreigners in sentencing.