Friday, May 14, 2010
Pap will murder Yong Vui Kong next Friday
I just received word from Rachel that the Court of Appeal has rejected Yong Vui Kong’s appeal against his death sentence. Vui Kong’s lawyer, M. Ravi, is applying for time to present a clemency petition. Furthermore, the Court of Appeal has closed off further arguments and the Mandatory Death Penalty will stay.
Executions by hanging are carried out by the State usually at 6am on Fridays. The death sentence could be carried out next Friday, 21st May.
The Court of Appeal reserved its judgement on Mar 15, 2010. It delivered its judgement today at 11am. See here for a timeline of articles/posts/videos on Vui Kong’s case. Read also these two news articles from 2005: The precision of ritual in the gallows’ shadow and Singapore accused of hypocrisy on drug stance.
Drug trafficker loses appeal
Selina Lum, Straits Times website, 14 May 2010
SINGAPORE’S highest court on Friday dismissed the appeal of a condemned drug trafficker, saying that it was closing its doors to such challenges against the constitutionality of the mandatory death penalty.
The three-judge court, comprising Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong and Judges of Appeal Andrew Phang and V. K. Rajah, were handing down their decision on the case of Yong Vui Kong, a 22-year-old Malaysian sentenced to hang for trafficking heroin.
Delivering the verdict, CJ Chan observed that there have been many challenges before the courts regarding the constitutionality of the mandatory death penalty on various grounds in the past, which have all failed.
In the present case, he said, all possible arguments on this issue have been raised, considered by the court, and rejected.
‘Further challenges in court on the constitutionality of the mandatory death penalty have been foreclosed by our decision in this appeal,’ he said.
But Yong’s lawyer, Mr M Ravi, is not giving up. He told reporters he plans to go to court again over comments made by Law Minister K. Shanmugam to his client’s case at a dialogue session with Joo Chiat residents on Sunday.
Mr Ravi said if that fails, he will make arguments against the ‘flawed’ presidential clemency process.
From: baldeagle :
It is a good day.
It is not about the courts...
It is about whether the law should protect
the trafficker or the law should protect our
children from being killed by drugs.
It is about whether we should kill the poisonous
snakes that come into our homes ..or let them
freely enter homes.... to kill our loved ones.
Hanging the drug traffickers is like killing the
Only fools will give protection to drug traffickers
and not kill poisonous snakes that entered our