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Subashkaran Pragasam and Yong Vui Kong, on death row for drug trafficking, may be spared the death penalty after they were deemed to have substantively helped the CNB in disrupting drug trafficking activities within and outside Singapore.
SINGAPORE: Two men currently on death row for drug trafficking may be spared the death penalty after they were deemed to have substantively helped the Central Narcotics Bureau in disrupting drug trafficking activities within and outside Singapore.
Yong Vui Kong was convicted by the High Court in 2008 of trafficking 42.27 grammes of heroin and given the death sentence, which is mandatory for offences involving more than 15 grammes of the drug.
Subashkaran Pragasam was sentenced to death in October last year for trafficking 186.62 grammes of heroin.
Yong had previously made several petitions against his sentence.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) said the Public Prosecutor will now certify to the High Court that both men have substantively assisted the authorities.
This means that instead of the death penalty, the court can hand down a life sentence with caning - if they are able to prove they only played the role of couriers.
Yong and Subashkaran are the first two drug offenders on death row to be issued the certificates of substantive assistance - under the amended Misuse of Drugs Act.
In a statement, M Ravi, the lawyer who is acting for Yong, said that he will be applying to the courts for his client to be re-sentenced.
"This news comes as a tremendous relief to me," he said.
Tan Chuan Thye, who is acting for Subashkaran, noted that this is very much the first step, and a case management hearing has been set for next month. He added that he intends to do his best for Subashkaran.
The AGC said there are currently 26 people who have been sentenced to death for drug offences who can apply to be re-sentenced under the new regime
It said it will review every case where the person wishes to apply to be re-sentenced under the new regime.
Amendments to the Act, as well as to the Penal Code, came into effect this year.
The changes to the law removed the death penalty for certain types of homicide and drug trafficking offences, in a move to temper justice with mercy.
Those who have been sentenced to death for such offences can apply to be re-sentenced under the revised regime.