15 Nov '11, 8am

Public decisions in Singapore are made in the interest of saving face

In the post But how many on death row? , I put the spotlight on new figures released by the government showing a marked decline in the number of executions. They averaged about five cases a year between 2004 and 2010, both years included, though in 2010, there were no hangings at all. This is in marked contrast to the average of 44 a year between 1994 and 2000. Anyone who has been following news reports about capital crimes in Singapore would have figured by now that the most likely chief reason for this decline is the “14.99″ manoeuvre. This is shorthand for prosecutors preferring to charge someone for trafficking in 14.99 grams of heroin (or equivalent) when he was actually caught with more than that. Fifteen grams will trigger the mandatory death sentence. 14.99 allows a long jail term instead. We see this once again in a news story in the Straits Times, 12 November 201...

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