Escaping the gallows – Drug Mules, Death Penalties and Discretion

By Yeoh Jean Ann, An Xian Chen, Shannon Chua, Kevin Lau

Singapore is famous for her zero-tolerance approach against drugs, and infamous for having one of the world’s highest per-capita execution rates.1 Up till recently, the death penalty was mandatory for offences such as murder and drug trafficking over a certain weight. This controversial issue has always received the ire of anti-capital punishment activists. Read More


Professor Roger Hood & the Mandatory Death Penalty

By Leong Li Jie

Time and again, Parliament and the judiciary have defended our laws permitting the mandatory death penalty (or MDP in short).  Enshrined in s. 302 of the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed Sing) and the Second Schedule of the Misuse of Drugs Act (Cap 185, 2008 Rev Ed Sing), the MDP (or more accurately the statute that the MDP is enshrined in) requires that a court sentence a murdereror a drug trafficker2 to death. Read More