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Two men hanged for drug trafficking

The executions are the first in Singapore since a moratorium was lifted in January last year.

SINGAPORE: Two convicted drug traffickers were hanged on Friday (July 18) for trafficking in heroin, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said, in the first executions in Singapore since a moratorium on executions was lifted in January last year.

Tang Hai Liang, 36, was found to have trafficked 89.55g of heroin, and Foong Chee Peng, 48, was found to have trafficked 40.23g of the drug. Both Singaporeans were convicted and sentenced to death under the Misuse of Drugs Act, which provides for the death penalty if the amount of heroin trafficked is 15g or more.

According to a statement issued by the CNB, 15g of heroin is equivalent to 1,250 straws – sufficient to feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.

A stay of execution was ordered in July 2011 when the Government started reviewing the mandatory death penalty. In November 2012, Parliament passed changes to the mandatory death penalty, and the new laws came into force in January 2013.

The CNB statement said both men had been accorded full due process, including the opportunity to appeal for re-sentencing under the new regime. Both had chosen not to go through the process, CNB said, adding that they “understood the consequences of their respective decisions".

Both men were also given the opportunity to appeal the President for clemency, and both had chosen not to. An unsigned petition for clemency was subsequently submitted by Tang’s family without his knowledge, CNB said. The petition was turned down and his family informed of the decision.

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