Man accused of murder freed: challenge to PM Lee Cabinet to witness execution

It’s another blow to the Singapore government which is notorious worldwide for its uncompromising stance on capital punishment.

In an astonishing turn of events, a death row inmate, Mr Ismil Kadar, was freed after 6 years in jail by the Court of Appeal who found “serious lapses” by police and prosecutors.

The frightening thing about the death penalty is its finality. New evidence that may emerge later proving a prisoner’s innocence will be purely academic.

Last year the Japanese Justice Minister was so shaken after witnessing an execution that she called for debate on capital punishment.

I challenge Mr Lee Hsien Loong’s cabinet and all PAP MPs to watch an execution by hanging if they have the guts.

While the trend worldwide is towards the abolition of the death penalty, the Singapore government perversely goes against the tide.

It is still clinging to the contention that the death penalty is a deterrent despite evidence to the contrary. If it were, Singapore would be free from drug-trafficking and serious crime like murder. But such crimes seem to hog the front pages of the newspapers in Singapore.

Congratulations to the Court of Appeal for this verdict in saving a man from death, and to his lawyer, R. Thrumurgan, who stood by him through 6 long bleak years.

A government that prides itself as a first- world nation one does not kill. Unless being a pariah in the eyes of civilized societies is appealing.

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9 Responses to “Man accused of murder freed: challenge to PM Lee Cabinet to witness execution”

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  2. Miscarriage of justice is a separate matter from capital punishment.

    What is needed is a change in policy towards discovery, interrogation, access to counsel, etc.

  3. I wrote about the Japanese minister some time ago.

    http://suiseimushi81.blogspot.com/2010/08/importance-of-experience.html

  4. This Ismil guy fits the profile of most executed convicts – either dim, poor, disadvantaged or from the lower strata. When was the last time an elite was convicted of any capital crime?

  5. XYZ, what you are saying is not correct. I’ve worked in the courts. There isn’t a judge who lives in a Newton Condo and drives a Ferrari. And there has never been such a person. I challenge you, if such a person exists, to name him. You’re a liar and you made up that story.

  6. Xyz, is it true?

  7. I doubt if a first person experience of an execution will change a ministers atitude toward capital punishment. Singaporeans are highly materialistic and our limited understanding of human dignity does not predispose us to err on the side of saving an innocent life from the gallows, epecially when the person concerned does not have the resources to stand up for themselves.

  8. I have my own views on the death penalty, and I am currently in the “undecided” camp, as far as certain offences are concerned. There are a few specific types of people who may witness executions: relatives of the victims, medical professionals, members of the press and government officials. For the last category, it includes civil servants and legal service employees. The situation is similar to that of other countries, e.g. USA, where the same types of people are permitted to witness executions.


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