Yong Vui Kong files affidavit alleging unequal treatment
Yong Vui Kong has filed an affidavit alleging unequal treatment by the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) after further evidence concerning his “boss” Chia Choon Leng was brought to light.
The AGC initially brought 26 charges against Chia. However, they were later withdrawn and Chia was not prosecuted.
Details of five of those charges were recently released to Yong’s lawyer, M Ravi. The charge sheets show that Chia had allegedly abetted Yong in his crimes by “instigating Yong Vui Kong” to transport drugs from Johor Bahru into Singapore.
Chia is now detained under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, which means that he will one day be released.
Yong, on the other hand, has spent the past four years on death row, and is awaiting a response from the President with regard to his clemency appeal.
In his affidavit, Yong stated that investigating officers and prosecutors must have had enough evidence against Chia to have brought 26 charges against him in the first place.
According to Yong, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Darryl Soh had implied, in a letter written to M Ravi, that Chia was not prosecuted because of Yong’s own refusal to testify against him in court.
Yong explained that he had not wanted to identify Chia in court because he was worried for his family’s safety. At the time, he did not know that Chia had been detained.
However, Yong wrote, “I am advised that if the Prosecution had considered that my evidence was relevant to the case against Chia they could have compelled me to give such evidence in Court”.
Equality of Treatment
According to Yong, the prosecution has indicated that they would consider reopening criminal investigations into Chia’s case, should Yong confirm his willingness to testify.
In response, Yong said, “This offer comes too late. If Chia had been prosecuted when I was prosecuted, any number of things might have happened so as to produce a very different result from that which has happened.”
“A lack of equality of treatment is a wrong that has lasting consequences, unless the Court reverses the wrong,” he continued to say in his affidavit. “The wrong that has been done to me by denial of equality of treatment cannot now be corrected simply by belatedly prosecuting Chia after I have been denied any of the… opportunities that would have been present if I had been given equality of treatment.”
Mr Ravi has made requests for the other 21 of Chia’s charge sheets, as well as his detention order.
The AGC has so far refused to accede to these requests, claiming that they are irrelevant to Yong’s case.
Yong’s hearing has been scheduled for 10:00am on 14 March 2012 (Wednesday) at the Supreme Court.
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