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56-year-old Dutch engineer was first European executed in S’pore in 1994 https://t.co/RD9GaZQHKE

56-year-old Dutch engineer was first European executed in S’pore in 1994 https://t.co/RD9GaZQHKE

Barely four months after a mini diplomatic crisis erupted as a result of the caning of the American teenager Michael Fay in May 1994, a European man was executed in Changi Prison. His name was Johannes van Damme and he would become the first European to be hanged in Singapore. Advertisement Carried drugs The crime? Van Damme was carrying 4.32kg of heroin through Singapore, which was bound for Athens. The 56-year-old Dutch engineer was caught at Changi Airport on Sept. 27, 1991, while he was transiting through Singapore from Thailand and travelling to Athens. He had been a resident of Nigeria since 1976. At the belt conveyor, Van Damme’s luggage was sniffed out by patrol dogs. The authorities found the heroin stashed inside a false compartment in the luggage. His version of events His story was that he was in Bangkok to buy a wedding ring for his daughter. While there, Van ...

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