2005-11-30 01:40:48 UTC
You dont have to be like a law machine, we R all human being
Give the man a clemency, may peace be with you all .
People designs a machine can be adjustable, so can you
Today is 2005, our planet earth are so difference with 16th century
Speak human language please, like VA Governor's decision, thanks
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Singapore defends Nguyen hanging
November 30, 2005
SINGAPORE'S High Commissioner in Australia Joseph Koh has defended his
to execute convicted drug trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van as correct and
In an opinion piece published in Fairfax newspapers today, Mr Koh said
Singapore had not
breached international law, with no existing international agreement to
abolish the death penalty.
"Capital punishment remains part of the criminal justice systems of 76
in the United States, where it is practised in 38 states," he said.
"We respect Australia's sovereign choice not to have capital
punishment. We hope Australia
will likewise respect Singapore's sovereign choice to impose the death
penalty for the most
serious crimes, including drug trafficking."
Mr Koh's comments were in direct contradiction to a statement issued by
High Court judge and governor-general Sir William Deane yesterday.
Sir William, who commented on the Nguyen case in a "private capacity",
said Friday's planned
execution was a breach of the standards of international law.
"What is involved is the intended execution of an Australian citizen
pursuant to a mandatory
death sentence," Sir William said in the statement.
"That is to say without any true assessment by a court of what
punishment is appropriate
in all the circumstances of the particular case.
"That being so, the proposed killing of Mr Van Nguyen would be a breach
by Singapore of
basic current principles and standards of international law."
But Mr Koh said Australians should accept the Singapore Government's
protect people whose lives would be "blighted and destroyed by the drug
In a piece in which he debunks "fictions" that have sprung up around
the Nguyen case,
Mr Koh said the punishment did fit the crime.
"Mr Nguyen was caught with 396g of pure heroin, enough for 26,000
'hits', with a street
value of more than $A1 million," he wrote.
Other "fictions" were that Nguyen could testify against drug lords,
that Nguyen was an
unsuspecting victim and that the death penalty had not deterred drug
He denied that the Singapore Government "connived with drug lords" and
had treated Australia with contempt.
"Singapore highly values good relations with Australia and with
Australian leaders," he said.
"The Singapore cabinet deliberated at length on Mr Nguyen's clemency
finally the cabinet decided that it could not justify making an
exception for Mr Nguyen.
"It had to treat Mr Nguyen consistently with similar past cases, and
apply the law equally to
Singaporeans and foreigners."
Ohio Executes Man for Two Murders By SARAH ANDERSON, Associated Press
1 hour, 54 minutes ago
LUCASVILLE, Ohio - Ohio carried out the nation's 999th execution since
1977 on Tuesday, putting to death a man who strangled his mother-in-law
while high on cocaine and later killed his 5-year-old stepdaughter to
cover up the crime.
John Hicks, 49, was put to death a day after Eric Nance was executed in
Arkansas for killing a teenager by slashing her throat with a box
The 1,000th execution since the death penalty was reinstated is likely
to come as soon as Wednesday, when Robin Lovitt is set to die in
Virginia for fatally stabbing a man with scissors during a pool hall
On Monday, Gov. Bob Taft had refused to commute Hicks' sentence from
death to life in prison, said Andrea Dean, a spokeswoman for the Ohio
Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Hicks offered a tearful apology for the 1985 murders in an interview
earlier this month with Ohio Parole Board members, and said he loved
both victims - 56-year-old Maxine Armstrong and 5-year-old Brandy
Green. He detailed the killings and said his cocaine high made him
desperate and paranoid.
Hicks had traded his VCR for about $50 worth of cocaine, court records
show. After taking the drugs, he realized that he needed to get the VCR
back before his wife wondered where it was, so he decided to steal
money from Armstrong.
Hicks found his stepdaughter asleep on the couch at Armstrong's
apartment. He woke her and brought her to bed and then strangled
Armstrong, first with his hands and then with a clothesline.
He left her apartment with about $300 and some credit cards. He used
some of the money to buy back his VCR and purchase more cocaine.
Realizing Green could identify him as the last person at the apartment,
he returned and attempted to suffocate the 5-year-old with a pillow
then strangle her with his hands. She struggled, and Hicks covered her
mouth and nose with duct tape.
He left Cincinnati, but turned himself in to police in Knoxville, Tenn.
Hicks was the fourth person executed in Ohio this year and the 19th
since the state resumed executions in 1999.
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