Supporting Death Sentence For Convicted Drug Smuggler-- Nick
To Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, and Professor S Jayakumar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Law, Republic of Singapore,
With regard to the death sentence levied upon Australian citizen Van Nguyen as a result of his being found guilty of heroin smuggling by a Singapore court:
This matter has been the subject of much media coverage in Australia, particularly with regard to protests and the raising of petitions calling for clemency, including one to be lodged by the Australian Federal Government itself.
I am writing to express my personal support for the right of your government to execute the sentence against Mr Nguyen.
Such extreme action to discourage the trade in illegal drugs, regardless of the country of origin of the trafficker, provides a grave example to all of the seriousness of the offence.
Members of the Australian government, media and public who appeal for clemency for Mr Nguyen ignore the death sentence handed down daily to those caught in the lethal snare of drug addiction.
I believe that to appeal for the life of Mr Nguyen is to devalue the lives of those many individuals who die each year at the hands of drug dealers.
Additionally, this case may serve to discourage a seemingly growing number of Australians who, having been encouraged by our overly liberal domestic drug laws, go on to willfully, not to mention stupidly, disregard the laws of other countries despite very clear warnings of the dangers of doing so.
Singapore Government announces that it will hang Nguyen.