Further information on UA 309/94 (ASA 36/09/94, 23 August) - Singapore: death penalty: Angel Mou Puipeng
Angel Mou Puipeng's appeal for clemency against her death sentence has been rejected and she is scheduled to be executed on 23 December 1994.
EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 36/15/94
12 December 1994
Further information on UA 309/94 (ASA 36/09/94, 23 August 1994) - Death Penalty
SINGAPOREAngel Mou Puipeng (f), aged 25, Portuguese citizen, resident of Hong
Amnesty International has learned that Angel Mou Puipeng's appeal for clemency against her death sentence has
been rejected by President Ong Teng Cheong and that she is scheduled to be executed on 23 December 1994.
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 was found guilty of
Ah Hung (m), a Triad member responsible for recruiting Angel Mou Puipeng as a courier, 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, while in Singapore a courier is sentenced to death.
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.
The death penalty was employed in Singapore during the colonial period and was retained after the country
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.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams or faxes in English or your own language:
- expressing deep concern that Angel Mou Puipeng is scheduled to be executed on 23 December 1994;
- urging President Ong Teng Cheong to reconsider his decision and to grant Angel Mou Puipeng clemency by
commuting her death sentence;
- stating Amnesty International's unconditional opposition to the death penalty.
His Excellency Ong Teng Cheong
Office of the President
Istana, Orchard Road
Republic of Singapore 0922
Telegrams: President Ong Teng Cheong, Singapore
Faxes: +65 738 4673
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
The Prime Minister
The Honourable Goh Chok Tong
Office of the Prime Minister
Istana Annexe, Istana
Republic of Singapore 0923
Faxes: +65 732 4627
Minister of Law
Professor Shanmugham Jayakumar
Ministry of Law
250 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Tower 21-00
Republic of Singapore 0617
and to diplomatic representatives of Singapore accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.