PRESS STATEMENT SAVE VUI KONG CAMPAIGN ON MDP

10TH JULY 2012

The Save Vui Kong Campaign is pleased to learn that the Singapore Government has proposed an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act to abolish the mandatory death sentence for drug mules under certain circumstances.

According to the proposal, drug trafficking offenses will no longer punishable with the mandatory death sentence, instead, the court is given discretion to impose life imprisonment in cases where the accused person is clearly a courier not involved in the supply and distribution chain, or where the accused has cooperated with the police or suffers from a mental disability.

We also learned that “once the amendment has been put in place, all accused persons who meet the requirements can elect to be considered for a review of the sentence under the new law. This will include accused persons in ongoing cases, as well as convicted persons who have already exhausted all appeal procedures and are currently awaiting execution”.

With this amendment, we believe that Yong Vui Kong is eligible to apply for a review of his sentence on the grounds that he was young, naïve, led astray and used as a courier by the drug lords, whom he had identified to the police during investigation, as provided under the new amendment of the law. Yong Vui Kong has since repented and he vows to play a role in the anti-drug campaign.

The same goes for Chung Chin Yin, who has testified consistently that he had been misled into believing that what he was carrying is gold bar instead of drugs. He had also provided details of the person who had arranged for his trip, including the name, contact number and description to the police as well as during trial.

And many more who had fallen victim to the drug industry, who may have no knowledge of what they were told to carry, or were induced, misled, intimidated or forced into carrying drugs for the drug lords.

In the mean time while waiting for the amendments to be officially approved, we urge that all execution be suspended immediately.

Last but not least, we welcome this encouraging — positive step taken by the Singapore Government towards conforming to the international human rights standard

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杨伟光后援会对新加坡政府提议修正毒品法案,废除对毒卢的唯一死刑刑罚,表示欢迎。

据了解,修正法案将废除运毒的唯一死刑刑罚,把诠释权归还于法庭,法庭将决定,若被告只是纯粹的“邮差”而非毒品集团主脑,并给于警方全力合作,或基于被告智商问题,而判被告终生监禁。

我们也了解,当修正法案成效后,所有的被告,若符合上述条件,都能在新的法案下要求重新检讨其刑罚。这包括了在审判中的,以及已经结案并等待被执行死刑的被告。

我们认为,杨伟光基于他年轻,天真,误入歧途而被利用成为跑腿, 并在警察的盘问下确认和供出他背后的主谋,有条件在新的法案下要求检讨其刑罚。伟光已反省,改过自新,并发愿在有生之年将全力协助反毒运动。

同样的,张俊炎也有如此条件。他一路坚持他的说法,说他是被误导以为那些物品是金条而非毒品,他的说法一致,他也给于警方充分的合作,在盘问过程中和在法庭内,供出安排他行程的人的名字,电话和样子。

还有许多在这个复杂且黑暗的毒品交易中的受害者,他/她们可能是完全不知情,或被引诱,被误导,被强迫的情况下带毒品。

与此同时,我们呼吁新加坡政府,在新法案还有被定案以前,立刻停止所有死刑的执行。

最后,我们对新加坡政府在人权课题中前进的这一小步感到欣慰。

About givelife2ndchance

Give Life 2nd Chance is a movement dedicated to work on abolish death penalty in Malaysia.
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