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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 1:09 am    Post subject: Execution for Cannabis in Singapore this Friday 13th Reply with quote

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URGENT: Shanmugam Murugesu, who was caught with one
kilo of marijuana in 2003, is due to be hanged for it
this Friday 13th in Singapore. See: http://www.thinkcentre.org/article.cfm?ArticleID=2585

Singapore enforces some of the world’s toughest drug
laws. Anyone aged 18 or over convicted of carrying
more than 500 grammes (17.6 ounces) of cannabis faces
mandatory execution by hanging.

The 'Think Center' in Singapore is organizing a vigil
for Murugesu on Thursday evening.

Last week, Amnesty International launched an urgent
appeal on his behalf.

Fancy going to the Singapore Embassy in London on
Thursday? The hanging is on Friday morning.

Please write to the president of Singapore now
requesting him to commute the death sentence of
Shanmugam Murugesu to imprisonment.

Please forward this email to anyone you think might
take immediate action.

SEND APPEALS TO:

The President
His Excellency S R Nathan
Office of the President
Istana, Orchard Road
Republic of Singapore 0922
Faxes: + 65 738 4673
Email: s_r_nathan@istana.gov.sg

http://www.istana.gov.sg/president.html

C.C. Copies to:

The Honourable Goh Chok Tong
Senior Minister
Office of the Senior Minister
Istana Annexe
Singapore 238823
Fax:+ 65 - 67324627
Email goh_chok_tong@pmo.gov.sg

The Honourable Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
Istana Annexe
Singapore 238823
Fax: + 65 - 63328983
Email lee_hsien_loong@pmo.gov.sg

Wong Kan Seng
Minister of Home Affairs
New Phoenix Park 28,
Irrawaddy Road
Singapore 329560
Fax: + 65 6734 4420
Email Wong_Kan_Seng@mha.gov.sg


write to family of :thinkcentre@hotmail.com



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 1:28 am    Post subject: Worse than racism Reply with quote

here's the letter I have just send.

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Dear President,

With unbelief I have read the fact that in your country a man will be hanged this Friday, 13th for possession of Cannabis, a HOLY and SACRED plant in the Hindu culture since the beginning of time.

It is a shame to see that the Inquisition techniques to demolish the ancient cultures now has become a tool in your parts of our planet.

I beg you to spare the life of people who do no other crime than the possession of an ancient sacred plant.


Reverend Ferre van Beveren

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice letter well written.
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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From: The Optical <theoptical@...>
Date: Sun May 8, 2005 4:58 am
Subject: S'pore finally finds a voice in death row protest theoptical
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Singapore finally finds a voice in death row protest

John Aglionby in Singapore
Sunday May 8, 2005
The Observer

The Canton meeting room at Singapore's drab Furama
Hotel is an unlikely venue for history to be made. But
on Friday night this bland setting hosted an
unprecedented event for the tightly controlled island
republic.

Organisers of a three-hour vigil for Shanmugam
Murugesu, who is likely to be executed on Friday for
possession of 1 kilo of marijuana, said it was the
nation's first public gathering organised solely by
citizens demanding a change to the law.

'There's never been an event like this in Singapore,'
said Sinapan Samydorai, the president of
non-governmental organisation Think Centre.

Many of the participants in the vigil, which comprised
artistic performances and speeches, said they were
there for reasons beyond the immediate one of seeking
to change the mandatory death penalty for people
caught with at least 500g of marijuana or 2g of
heroin.

'Tonight's not necessarily so much about changing the
government's mind,' explained one actor. 'It's about
telling ordinary people you can say no to the
authorities. You can voice your opinions.'

That may be so, but M Ravi, Murugesu's lawyer,
believes it has taken Murugesu's plight and the
'arbitrary, biased and discriminatory' flaws in
Singapore's justice system it has exposed to mobilise
public opinion for the first time since the government
relaxed rules on public gatherings two years ago,
encouraging Singaporeans to speak out.

Murugesu, 38, a former jet ski champion, military
veteran and civil servant, was arrested in August 2003
after six packets containing a total of just over a
kilo of cannabis were found in his bags when he
returned home after a trip to Malaysia.

He admitted to knowing about one of the packets,
containing 300g, but nothing about the others.

The admission, repeated expressions of regret and
co-operation with the authorities proved futile for
the divorced father of 14-year-old twin sons. He was
sentenced to death despite his only previous
conviction being a traffic offence. Murugesu had his
appeal dismissed last October. He was given badge 859
when he entered death row.

It is not clear when this numbering system began or
how many executions are held in Singapore. In a 2004
report, Amnesty International said that, since 1991,
400 people had been killed - all executions are by
hanging on Friday mornings - giving the country of 4.2
million people the world's highest per capita
execution rate.

In his clemency petition, Murugesu said: 'I was in
desperate financial circumstances, which led me to
commit the offence which I wholeheartedly regret. The
financial burdens on me were heavy as I had to look
after the my sons, my nieces, nephews and my mother
... who is in her seventies, is in poor health, unable
to work.'

Murugesu's sons, Krishnan and Gopalan, distributed 900
leaflets on the street, urging people to petition the
president to save their father. President SR Nathan
rejected the petition last month.

Around 120 people braved Friday's vigil, but few were
willing to be quoted. A woman who printed T-shirts
saying 'Highest per capita execution rate in the
world' and '400 men and women executed since 1991'
admitted she had been terrified to do so.

The government clearly does not want the campaign
gathering momentum. The partially state-owned local
media ignored the vigil and the police shut down the
open mike session just as the first person was getting
into his stride .

'We'll be lucky to get anywhere in 10 or even 20
years,' said Samydorai. 'But at least Singaporeans are
finally speaking out.'

THE OPTICAL (Singapore)
TheOptical Blog - Add Your Voice: http://theoptical.blogspot.com/
Email your views to TheOptical Blog: theoptical.yourvoice@...
News: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheOptical
E-mail: theoptical@...

Disclaimer: The Optical provides Singapore political news as well as other
related news which we believe will have an impact on Singapore either directly
or indirectly. The Optical is not responsible for the content of broadcasted
articles.

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Careful when you go to Singapore!!!

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been there. Ain't goin' back.
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never been to Singapore but I had some Singaporean friends. They have strict rules over there, but they are relatively rich and have a good life if they follow the law.

Bigger houses with tennis courts and swimming pool in exchange for my freedom? No thanks. I'll stay in my semi-detached European house with tiny rooms and a small garden. At least I won't be hunged.

Time is ticking. I am going to write a letter too. Maybe it won't help, but I do what is right.
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sending one too. At least I'll know I did something...
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

me too.
I can't agree with such madness.
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2005 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad

Singapore drug trafficker executed despite appeals
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2005 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2005 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2005 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess it was over before i even read the news..... Crying or Very sad What a nightmare..... Sad
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2005 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Murder.
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2005 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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