04 Apr '11, 11am

Drug trafficker loses bid against death sentence: SINGAPORE : The Court of Appeal on Monday dismissed the appeal...

SINGAPORE : The Court of Appeal on Monday dismissed the appeal of convicted drug trafficker Yong Vui Kong, who is facing the death penalty. It was the final judicial appeal for the 23-year-old Malaysian against his conviction for smuggling heroin. "We are unanimous in dismissing this appeal," said Singapore Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong, who heads the three-judge Court of Appeal, dismissing the defence's arguments as "without merit". Yong, handcuffed in purple prison overalls and guarded by a dozen policemen, buried his face in his hands after the ruling was announced, before being led away by the police. His two brothers, also in their 20s, were present at the hearing. Yong was convicted by the High Court in 2008 of trafficking 47 grammes (1.65 ounces) of heroin into Singapore and was given the mandatory death sentence. Previous appeals to Singapore President S R Nathan an...

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