EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 36/09/94
UA 309/94 Death Penalty 23 August 1994
SINGAPOREAngel Mou Puipeng (f), aged 25, Portuguese citizen, born in Macau,
resident of Hong Kong
Amnesty International has learned that Angel Mou Puipeng's appeal against her
death sentence was rejected by Singapore's Court of Criminal Appeal in the
week preceding 17 July 1994. Her only hope for clemency now lies with President
Ong Teng Cheong.
Angel Mou Puipeng was arrested on 29 August 1991 in Changi airport in possession
of 5.6 kilograms of heroin. Her initial trial took place in the Singapore
High Court between March and April 1993. She confessed to participation in
transporting goods for a sum of HK $50,000 from Thailand to Europe via Singapore,
but claimed she thought the goods were Rolex watches. Angel's 23-year-old
sister Mei Mei admitted to successfully completing a separate courier run from
Bangkok to Europe, but was not charged as her testimony led to the conviction
of the man responsible for recruiting the sisters as couriers, namely Triad
member Ah Hung. He was imprisoned for 4 years in Hong Kong for committing
acts "... preparatory to trafficking in dangerous drugs". This illustrates
the disparity between sentencing for drugs related crime between countries,
whereby the organizer of a drugs ring receives 4 years imprisonment in Hong
Kong, and a young courier receives the death penalty in Singapore.
Angel Mou Puipeng has a 7-year-old son.
The death penalty was employed during the colonial period and was retained
after Singapore became an independent republic in August 1965. Anyone found
in possession of more than 15 grams of heroin, 30 grams of morphine, 30 grams
of cocaine or 500 grams of cannabis is presumed guilty of drug trafficking
and is liable to a mandatory death sentence.
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases as a violation
of the right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment, as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express and airmail letters
in English or your own language:
- urging the President to commute the death sentence imposed on Angel Mou
- stating Amnesty International's unconditional opposition to the death
penalty, and urging that all existing and pending death sentences be commuted.
His Excellency Ong Teng Cheong
Office of the President
Istana, Orchard Road
Republic of Singapore 0922
Telegrams: President Ong Teng Cheong, Singapore
Faxes: +65 732 4627 (for the attention of: President Ong Teng Cheong)