A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Singapore lawyers' guild to review death penalty

[JURIST] Singapore's national association of lawyers, the Law Society [website], is to conduct a review of the nation's death penalty laws and make recommendations to the national government in nine months. Singapore has one of the world's highest per capita execution rates - possibly the highest [Amnesty International backgrounder] - as a result of automatic death sentences for drug trafficking and murder. The recent hanging of Australian national Van Tuong Nguyen [JURIST report] for possession of 400 grams (14 ounces) of heroin sparked international outrage late in 2005. Nguyen had claimed that he was carrying the drugs to cover legal bills [BBC report] incurred by his brother, a former heroin addict. AFP has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.