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Mandatory death penalty remains key weapon in drug war: Shanmugam

Published on Nov 14, 2012 4:15 PM
 
This 2011 file photo shows the drug crystal, also known as 'Ice', seized by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on Oct 27, 2011. The mandatory death penalty has had a strong deterrant effect on drug trafficking here, and should remain a key lynchpin in the Government's war against drugs, said Law Minister K. Shanmugam in Parliament on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

THE mandatory death penalty has had a strong deterrant effect on drug trafficking here, and should remain a key lynchpin in the Government's war against drugs, said Law Minister K. Shanmugam in Parliament on Wednesday.

Despite Singapore's connectivity and attractiveness for drug traffickers, the drug menace has been fought "reasonably successfully", he said, as drug traffickers fear hanging.

That is why drug prices here have remained comparatively high although drugs sold here are less pure, he said. Drug kingpins have also avoided Singapore, and the number of abusers arrested here has dropped from the highs of the 1990s.

Removing the fear of hanging, he said, could reduce the deterrant effect.

 
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