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A piece of old news but because I have been busy, I have forgotten to share this here.
By K.c. Vijayan
The Straits Times
Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013
SINGAPORE – They were facing certain death by hanging, but may now get a lifeline as changes to the mandatory death penalty kick in from Jan 1.
A key plank in the amendments to the Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code as well as the Misuse of Drugs Act will give these prisoners an opportunity to introduce new evidence to prove that they satisfy the new conditions for a life sentence instead of death.
In Singapore, a life sentence lasts for a prisoner’s natural life, but he can apply for a review of his sentence after he has served 20 years in jail.
The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) told The Sunday Times on Friday that the changes would affect 32 inmates on death row, whose appeals had been dealt with previously.
The amended laws provide a chance for these prisoners to apply…
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