A-G: No exemption from prosecution for 'ex-prison officer'

Death row inmates had sought immunity for him to reveal 'unlawful execution practices'

A screengrab from the Gov.sg website stating that the Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) statement is false. LFL was ordered to make a correction under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act.
A screengrab from the Gov.sg website stating that the Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) statement is false. LFL was ordered to make a correction under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act.PHOTO: GOV.SG

There will be no immunity from prosecution for a supposed former prison officer willing to shed light on "unlawful execution practices", raised by two inmates on death row, the Attorney-General's Chambers said in court documents filed last week.

In a related document about the alleged unlawful method used, the prison authorities also said there was no known instance of the rope used for executions snapping, which allegedly would have required prison officers to kick the back of the prisoner's neck to complete the execution.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 04, 2020, with the headline 'A-G: No exemption from prosecution for 'ex-prison officer''. Print Edition | Subscribe