Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Malaysia government writes to Singapore President for clemency for Vui Kong

Update from CNA: MFA confirms clemency appeal letter received for convicted Malaysian drug trafficker

SINGAPORE : Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has confirmed that it has received a letter of appeal for clemency for convicted Malaysian drug trafficker Yong Vui Kong.

It said the letter of appeal is from Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman.

MFA said the letter has been referred to the legal authorities.

Yong, 22, was convicted and sentenced to death last year. - CNA/ms

Source: The Star

THE Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the Singapore government last week to plead for clemency for young Sabahan Yong Vui Kong, who was sentenced to death in the city state for drug trafficking.
Deputy Foreign Minister A. Kohilan Pillay told senator Datuk Saripah Aminah Syed Mohamed that the letter from Wisma Putra was addressed to the President of Singapore for his consideration.
“Yong’s family had also written to the President of Singapore,” he said.
Yong, 22, was convicted on Jan 7 last year for trafficking in 47gm of diamorphine, a capital offence under the Singaporea Misuse of Drugs Act.
Yong was arrested on June 13, 2007. He was 18 when he committed the offence.
The last day for Yong to file his petition for clemency is Aug 26, after which he may be hanged at any time.
In his reply, Kohilan also said two Malaysians, convicted of drug trafficking in China and Japan respectively, had their sentences reduced.
In the case of Umi Azlim Mohammad Lazim, who was also sentenced to death by a High Court in Guangzhou, China, her death sentence was reduced to life imprisonment.
The former Universiti Malaysia Sabah student from Kelantan was found guilty of trafficking in 2.983kg of heroin in Shantao airport, and was sentenced to death on May 15, 2007 at the age of 23.
In the case of Raja Munirah Iskandar Shah, who was convicted of trafficking in 690.8g of syabu in Narita International Airport in 2006 at the age of 21, her sentence was reduced from seven years and four months to six years and nine months.

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