THE wife of a lecturer jailed in Japan for smuggling drugs today said he faces years of hell behind bars.
Chris Snell, 48, was caught with three kilos of cannabis in his suitcase at Tokyo airport.
The music lecturer at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts has been sentenced to four and a half years of "forced labour" and fined around £5,000.
Human rights activists say that, during his prison term, the father-of-two may be:
* Ordered to sit on his hands in a Buddha-style pose.
* Make children's shoes in sweat-shop working conditions.
* Bannedfrom making eye contact or speaking to anyone.
* Only allowed 20 minutes exercise twice a week.
* Not allowed a single phone call during his sentence.
* Made to wear manicles.
But today, his wife, Olga, from Croxteth Park, insisted her husband was innocent and has been "set-up" by a so-called pal.
Ironically, Chris was arrested in the same airport as Sir Paul McCartney, who set up the world-renowned fame school where Chris works, when he was caught in possession of marijuana in 1980.
He is likely to serve his sentence in Tokyo and is now in a detention centre human rights activists say is one of the most brutal in Japan.
An appeal to overturn his conviction was rejected this week.
Snell has already spent a year on remand at Chiba detention centre, where Olga says he was forced to sit Buddha-style next to his bed all day without anything to lean on.