Van Nguyen, the death penalty
Melbourne man, Van Tuong Nguyen, was hanged in Singapore's
Changi Prison on 2 December 2005. He was 25 years old.
In 2002 Van Nguyen was arrested at Changi airport, in transit from Cambodia
to Melbourne, for importing 396.2g of heroin into Singapore. He was convicted
in 2003 and was sentenced to death.
Singapore hanged Van Nguyen despite calls for clemency from the
Australian Prime Minister, the Pope, the federal Australian Parliament and
Amnesty International, tens of thousands of Australians, the Prime Minister
of New Zealand and many, many others.
Van Nguyen was born on 17 August 1980 in a Thai refugee camp for Vietnamese
refugees. He has a twin brother. Soon after he was born, Van and his family
moved to Australia. He grew up in Melbourne and was an Australian citizen.
Singapore and the mandatory death penalty
In Singapore, draconian drug laws mandate the death penalty for anyone who
imports more than 15 grams of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine or 500 grams of cannabis.
Prominent Singaporean lawyer, K.S. Rajah, has been highly critical of the
mandatory death penalty in Singapore. In his speech, "The
Mandatory Death Sentence", Mr Rajah argues that Singapore violates
customary international law by maintaining a mandatory death penalty. The problem
with the mandatory death penalty is that a judge cannot look at the circumstances
of the case and ensure that justice is done. All judicial discretion is removed
and the judge must sentence the offender to death.
According to Amnesty
International, Singapore executes more people per capita than
any other country.
singapore investments in Australia
The Singaporean government owns several investment companies, which have invested
in Australia. The two largest are: Temasek and
the Government of Singapore
Investment Corporation ('GIC').
- 100% of SingaporePower,
which owns the entire Victorian electricity transmission network.
- 63% of Singtel,
one of Asia's largest telecommuncations companies. Singtel owns 100% of the
Australian telecommunications carrier Optus.
- 56% of Singapore
- 53% of Australand (through Ausprop
Holdings & Austvale Holdings), which recently successfully
bid to construct a distribution centre for Coles
- 19% of JetStarAsia.
21% of JetStarAsia is owned by Tony Chew (who is a Director of Keppel
Corp, which is 32% owned by Temasek). Qantas owns
49% of JetStarAsia.
Leon Davis, the Chairman of Westpac Banking Corporation, is an advisor
This list is still being compiled. If you have any information to add to this
list, please contact the CCL webmaster: