NZ court rejects jailed Singaporean drug trafficker's laptop request

Thomas Cheng, who was jailed in New Zealand in 2018, sought to have a laptop in his cell, claiming a computer provided in the cell was "inadequate for the litigation". PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE GISBORNE HERALD, NEW ZEALAND
Thomas Cheng, who was jailed in New Zealand in 2018, sought to have a laptop in his cell, claiming a computer provided in the cell was "inadequate for the litigation". PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE GISBORNE HERALD, NEW ZEALAND

A New Zealand court has dismissed a jailed Singaporean drug trafficker's application to have a personal laptop in his cell and allowed audio-visual connections to Singapore and the Philippines as well as international phone calls at modest charges.

Justice Mathew Downs, in updated decision grounds published last month, described the prisoner, Thomas Cheng, as "polite, smart and highly intelligent".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2020, with the headline 'NZ court rejects jailed S'porean drug trafficker's laptop request'. Print Edition | Subscribe