20 Jan '12, 10am

Public prosecutorial discretion exercised carefully

SINGAPORE: The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) has assured the public that the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in dealing with accused persons is done carefully. The AGC said this in a statement on Friday, amid the interest in the media and public generated by the recent decision of Singapore's highest court to dismiss a criminal motion filed by a man facing the gallows after being convicted of drug trafficking. Ramalingam Ravinthran and his accomplice, Sundar Arujunan, were arrested in 2006 for bringing into Singapore enough drugs to receive the mandatory death penalty. But while Ramalingam faces the death penalty, his accomplice Sundar was convicted of trafficking in a smaller amount of drugs. Sundar received a 20-year jail term and 24 strokes of the cane. Ramalingam's lawyer, M Ravi, sought to have his 53-year-old client's death sentence replaced with a non-capit...

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