Tag Archives: DEATH PENALTY

15-YEAR OLD BOY FACES DEATH PENALTY

A 15-year-old boy faces a possible death sentence after he was charged with the murder of a senior citizen at a magistrate's court here. He was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code with murder, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

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Drug courier saved by unusual defence

He was a drug courier who knew that a person convicted of trafficking in more than 250g of methamphetamine, commonly called Ice, may face death. So Mohammad Farid Mohd Yusop had an arrangement with his boss - he was prepared to deliver only up to 250g of the drug. This was the unusual defence of the 30-year-old Singaporean arrested with more than 380g of Ice in his car.

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[YOUR LETTERS] TIME FOR SINGAPORE TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY

So, it is completely regressive in terms of human rights, and another step away from an enlightened society when Law Minister K Shanmugam recently said that he is in favour of imposing the death penalty on criminals who sexually assault women or abuse children, and the victim dies. "My thinking is that there should be a default death sentence for those who rape or sexually assault women, resulting in the victim's death, and for those who hurt a child and the child ends up dead. The accused in such cases should face the death penalty, unless he can prove why there shouldn't be such a penalty", said the Law Minister.

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Shanmugam: Criminals convicted of raping women or children which results in their death should get a default death penalty

A profile on Law Minister K Shanmugam published in the Business Times on 17 May [paywall] included an alarming proposal. In the article, Mr Shanmugam mentioned his intention to pass laws that would impose the death penalty on those convicted of raping or sexually assaulting women or children in a way that results in the victim’s death. Mr Shanmugam was quoted as saying: “My thinking is that there should be a default death sentence for those who rape or sexually assault women, resulting in the victim’s death, and for those who hurt a child and the child ends up dead. The accused in such cases should face the death penalty, unless he can prove why there shouldn’t be such a penalty.”

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Malaysian drug courier Yong Vui Kong spared death row now challenges caning sentence

Malaysian drug courier Yong Vui Kong, who was spared the gallows after a string of unsuccessful fights against his death sentence, is now challenging the caning regime in Singapore. Yong, 25, was re-sentenced in November last year to life imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane. This followed changes to the law which give judges the discretion to impose life terms and caning, instead of the previously mandatory death penalty, for drug couriers who help the authorities in a substantive way. However, Yong filed an appeal last week, asking for his caning sentence to be quashed. His lawyer M Ravi is challenging the constitutionality of caning, in particular the manner in which the punishment is carried out.

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5-JUDGE COURT OF APPEAL TO HEAR DRUG TRAFFICKER’S CASE

But in 2012, the law had been amended to allow judges to consider a life sentence instead for drug couriers whom the Attorney- General's Chambers certifies as having cooperated in disrupting drug-trafficking activities. Haleem became the first accused to get such a certificate, and was given life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane. But Ridzuan was sentenced to hang.

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DO DRUG SMUGGLERS DESERVE A SECOND CHANCE?

A Malaysian on death row for drug trafficking has filed for judicial review in the High Court, after he was refused a Certificate of Cooperation by the Public Prosecutor under the amended Misuse of Drugs Act. Lawyer M Ravi, acting for Cheong Chun Yin, argued that his client had provided the Central Narcotics Bureau with all the information known to him concerning the offence.

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Two encouraging indicators of the potency of civil activism

In 2013, after years of vigorous and tireless campaigning by anti-mandatory death penalty activists, the law was amended to allow for drug mules who were not ringleaders and who had cooperated substantially with the authorities to be granted an exemption from the death penalty. The same year in September, Mr Yong received a Certificate of Cooperation from the Public Prosecutor, and his life was finally spared in November, when Justice Choo Han Teck returned a verdict that reversed Yong’s death sentence.

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