Judges dismissed Yong’s appeal
May 14, 2010, 4:37 pm
Filed under: By Rachel Zeng

Yong Vui Kong’s appeal was dismissed this morning by the Court of Appeal.

As the court summary was read out by Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong to a room packed with activists, journalists, concerned citizens as well as law students and interns, my heart was pounding fast and I was hoping for the best.

However, all hope vanished the moment he rejected the “9(1) challenge” (regarding Article 9(1) of the Singapore Constitution) undertaken by lawyer M Ravi. Article 9(1) read,

“No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty save in accordance with law.”

I looked at Vui Kong, who was listening intently to the court approved translator. For a 22 year old, he looked old. For someone who will soon be sent to the gallows, he looked calm.

CJ Chan then went on to reject the “12(1) challenge” (regarding Article 12(1) of the Singapore Constitution) which was also mentioned by Ravi during the appeal in response to the Attorney General’s arguments. Article 12(1) mentioned that,

“All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law.”

For both challenges by Ravi during the hearing of the appeal, you can read the submissions here.

Besides that, it was also mentioned that the mandatory death penalty is not law hence the Court is in no position to make any changes. In other words, the mandatory death penalty is a parliamentary issue. Those were the things mentioned, as far as I have understood.

At the moment I need to sort out all my thoughts on what happened this morning, what I have seen and heard, so I will refrain from making any other personal comments here right now.

Read also:

Mandatory death penalty constitutional, says court


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