Singapore's pro bono heroes: Lawyers who save 'hopeless' cases from death row for free

Seven lawyers receive long-service awards for giving free legal help in death-penalty cases

(Clockwise from top left) Mr N K Rajarh, Mr Peter Cuthbert Low, Justice See Kee Oon, Senior Assistant Registrar Edwin San, Mr Singa Retnam, Mr Elengovan (who is receiving the award on behalf of the late Mr P Suppiah), Mr Mohamed Muzammil Mohamed and
(Clockwise from top left) Mr N K Rajarh, Mr Peter Cuthbert Low, Justice See Kee Oon, Senior Assistant Registrar Edwin San, Mr Singa Retnam, Mr Elengovan (who is receiving the award on behalf of the late Mr P Suppiah), Mr Mohamed Muzammil Mohamed and Mr Ram Goswami, at the Judiciary Volunteers Appreciation Dinner on Oct 11, 2019.PHOTO: SUPREME COURT

Seven lawyers, who did pro bono work with those facing the death penalty, have been honoured by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.

They had each been doing so for more than 25 years and were presented with long-service awards recently. The awards were given out for the first time to volunteers of the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (Lasco).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 20, 2019, with the headline 'S'pore's pro bono heroes '. Subscribe