Singapore amends death penalty law to exempt some offences

Custody Celloriginally by: Business Week
published: 14 November 2012

Singapore, which imposes the death penalty for crimes including murder and drug trafficking, amended its law today to exempt some cases from the mandatory sentence while boosting enforcement.

The nation will uphold the death penalty for those who manufacture and traffic drugs, though the punishment will no longer be mandatory for all those caught carrying drugs exceeding certain amounts, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said today. The government will also introduce new tests, such as hair analysis, to detect drug abuse more effectively.

“For drugs, the war is ongoing,” Teo said in Parliament. “We want to give our drug enforcement the tools they need to keep us safe. These amendments will make our regime tougher and enhance the effectiveness of the death penalty regime.”

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