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Singapore: Landmark ruling lifts death penalty for drug offender

Headline Title:  Singapore: Landmark ruling lifts death penalty for drug offender 14 November 2013 The reduction of a death sentence to life imprisonment for a convicted drug trafficker in Singapore is a landmark step, but must now be followed by continued reforms, Amnesty International said today. Yong Vui Kong, a 25-year old Malaysian man, has been on death row in Singapore since he was arrested on drug charges six years ago . A High Court in Singapore today reduced his death sentence to life imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane. “This is a landmark ruling, and possibly the first…

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