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EXTRA 66/94 - Singapore: imminent execution: Daniel Chan Chi-pun

, N° d'index: ASA 36/013/1994

Daniel Chan Chi-pun, a Hong Kong citizen, is to be executed on Friday, 25 November 1994. He was arrested in 1990 on charges of carrying heroin. His plea for clemency has now been rejected by the President. His wife has stated that she believes that he smuggled drugs to have his son's blindness treated.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 36/13/94
Distr: UA/SC
EXTRA 66/94 Imminent execution 22 November 1994
SINGAPORE Daniel Chan Chi-pun, security guard, 38
Amnesty International has just learned that Daniel Chan Chi-pun, a Hong Kong
citizen, is to be executed in Singapore early this Friday, 25 November 1994.
Daniel Chan Chi-pun was arrested at Singapore's Changi airport in 1990 on charges
of carrying 464 grams of heroin. His appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeal
in 1993, and his plea for clemency has also been rejected by Singapore's
President, Ong Teng Cheong.
Daniel Chan Chi-pun's wife has said that she believes her husband smuggled
the drugs in order to raise money to have their son's blindness treated.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
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 charged with 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 as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
and on the grounds that it is the ultimate form of cruel, inhuman and degrading
treatment.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams and faxes in English or your own
language:
- expressing deep concern that Daniel Chan Chi-pun is scheduled to be executed
on 25 November 1994;
- urging President Ong Teng Cheong to reconsider his decision not to grant
Daniel Chan Chi-pun clemency, and to commute his death sentence;
- stating Amnesty International's unconditional opposition to the death
penalty.
APPEALS TO:
The President
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)
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
The Prime Minister
The Honourable Goh Chok Tong
Office of the Prime Minister
Istana Annexe, Istana
2
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.

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