15 Jan '12, 12pm

S'pore will help citizens wrongfully detained overseas: Shanmugam

SINGAPORE: Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said Singapore will work with authorities overseas, to help Singaporeans when they are detained wrongfully. He added that "even if they've been otherwise detained", Singapore will consider rendering consular assistance, if necessary. But he noted that "it's very seldom that authorities overseas will in the first place, agree that people have been detained wrongfully." Mr Shanmugam was speaking on the sidelines of a community event. He was responding to a reporter's question on the role of the Singapore consulate and embassy, in helping Singaporeans who are detained wrongfully overseas. Mr Shanmugam said if someone commits an offence overseas, he will be tried according to that country's due process, and there is "not much (Singapore) can do to intervene in the internal processes and the rule of law." He pointed out th...

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