07 Dec '11, 1am

‘I have to ask the man up there to forgive me’ - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

It was a question slipped in at the tail-end of a just over 20-minute interview with the media, but former president S R Nathan , surprisingly, didn’t turn it down. It was a question about granting presidential pardons , during his 12-year term in office: Did he find it difficult and how did he feel about making that all-important judgement call? He adopted a typical approach initially, detailing the process by which appeal cases for Singapore 's prisoners on death row were brought up to him for review and to decide whether to grant a pardon from the gallows. “The constitution clearly lays it down that I have to act on the advice of the cabinet, and the cabinet acts on the advice of the Attorney-General,” he said, explaining how the Attorney-General sifts through all the evidence available and makes a recommendation to the President. “You have a right to question it… throu...

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