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Drug trafficker on death row spared gallows

Published on May 27, 2014 8:31 AM
 
Yip (above) is the third convicted drug courier to have successfully applied to the High Court to be re-sentenced on the grounds of having substantially assisted the Central Narcotics Bureau in the fight against drugs.

A 42-year-old Singaporean who has spent more than four years on death row for drug trafficking yesterday smiled with relief as he was spared the gallows.

Yip Mun Hei, who attended the High Court hearing, was instead given life in prison and the minimum 15 strokes of the cane.

He is the third convicted drug courier to have successfully applied to the High Court to be re-sentenced on the grounds of having substantially assisted the Central Narcotics Bureau in the fight against drugs.

This follows changes to the law which give judges the discretion to impose life terms and caning, instead of the death penalty, for drug couriers who help the authorities in a substantive way.

 
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Yip is the third convicted drug courier to have successfully applied to the High Court to be re-sentenced on the grounds of having substantially assisted the Central Narcotics Bureau in the fight against drugs.

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