24 Apr '11, 4pm

Families of death row inmates gather at private forum: Joshua Chiang / The closed-door meeting addressed an issu...

Families of death row inmates gather at private forum: Joshua Chiang / The closed-door meeting addressed an issu...

The closed-door meeting addressed an issue not many in Singapore consider worrying enough to talk about: drugs and the death penalty. But the room was packed as more than 40 showed up to listen and share their views at a public forum on Saturday. Among them, relatives of six people sentenced to hang in Singapore and Malaysia for drug-related offences. These are six separate cases and prior to the forum, some of the family members were not aware that other people shared their plight. But by the end of the evening, one thing became alarmingly clear – the death row inmates all came from a relatively disadvantaged section of society. Malaysian human rights lawyer Ngeow Chow Ying was the first to speak. She focused on the case of 28-year old Malaysian, Cheong Chun Yin, a drug mule whose execution is imminent. Cheong was convicted of trafficking 2.7 kg of heroin into Singapore i...

Full article: http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/04/families-of-death-row...

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