Daily Archives: 2010-08-02

Mandatory death penalty unconstitutional: Kenya Court of Appeal

In a landmark decision delivered on Friday, the Court of Appeal of Kenya declared the mandatory death penalty for murder to be unconstitutional.  This decision will benefit all prisoners presently under sentence of death.  The ruling follows the recent decisions from Uganda and Malawi restricting the use of the death penalty in accordance with contemporary human rights standards. Read the Kenyan Court Of …

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Arrested and handcuffed for a S$30 offence

Leong Sze Hian – John (not his real name) is a Singaporean who has been working and living overseas with his family for a few years. He received a call last Thursday from the new owners of his flat which he had sold in March. They informed him that they’ve received a warrant of arrest addressed to him. He called …

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There must be room for mercy

On Sunday, more than 150 people turned up at Speakers’ Corner to support the petition for clemency for death row inmate, 19-year old Malaysian Yong Vui Kong. Despite the drizzle, both young and old were there to add their signatures to the call for clemency. The event was organized by the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty campaigners (SADPC) and The Online Citizen …

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