Man escapes gallows after being cleared of drug trafficking charge by Court of Appeal

The ruling was the first apex court decision to be delivered via video-conference platform Zoom since Covid-19 measures were put in place. The remote hearing was attended by five judges, the two accused persons, their respective lawyers, a prosecutor
The ruling was the first apex court decision to be delivered via video-conference platform Zoom since Covid-19 measures were put in place. The remote hearing was attended by five judges, the two accused persons, their respective lawyers, a prosecutor and two interpreters. PHOTO: SUPREME COURT OF SINGAPORE
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SINGAPORE - A 27-year-old man who was originally handed the death penalty for driving his friend to pick up drugs, escaped the gallows on Thursday (April 23) after he was cleared by the Court of Appeal.

The acquittal was the first apex court decision to be delivered via video-conferencing platform Zoom since safe distancing measures were put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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