11 Jul '11, 11pm

Local human rights group says it is not just to hang a person with mental disabilities based solely on his confession.

I REFER to last Wednesday's article ('Man accused of murder freed after 6 years in jail'). This case supports Maruah's position that various aspects of the death penalty in Singapore contravene international human rights norms. The principle of proportionality requires that the death penalty applies only to the most serious cases. Singapore also allows someone to be convicted based solely on his confession to the police. It is difficult, if not impossible, for an accused person to prove that his confession was involuntary. Maruah calls for the death penalty to be unavailable in cases where the conviction was based only on a confession, as well as especially rigorous supervision of police interrogations in potential capital cases, such as having video-recording of interrogations. More importantly, Ismil Kadar reportedly has an IQ of 73. Maruah is troubled by the apparent la...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_689614...

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