Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Victoria's aid offer on death penalty

The Border Mail reports "Victoria has offered the states Crown Counsel to Singapore to assist a review into the countrys mandatory death penalty.

Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls yesterday said the hanging of Victorian drug trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van in November should not be in vain, and governments should continue to pressure Singapore to abolish mandatory capital punishment for certain crimes.

The Law Society of Singapore is reviewing the laws, looking at issues as to whether capital punishment should be left to judges discretion or abolished altogether.

After completing the review it will make recommendations to the Singapore Government.

Mr Hulls said Victoria had written to the Law Society of Singapore and had offered its support or assistance."

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