21 Nov 2005

Australia Considers Taking Singapore to International Court to Prevent Execution

By Phil Mercer
Sydney
21 November 2005

Australia is considering taking Singapore to the International Court of Justice in the hopes of preventing the execution of a heroin trafficker. Opposition politicians are also urging the government to impose sanctions in a bid to save Van Nguyen, who is an Australian citizen.

Time is running out for 25-year-old Van Nguyen. Singapore has said the Vietnamese-born Australian will hang next week.

But the Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Monday he would talk to the condemned man's legal team about taking the case to the International Court of Justice, or ICJ, in The Hague.

Mr. Downer concedes the chances of success are slim, as Singapore would first need to recognize the court's jurisdiction and the case would have to be heard at very short notice.

But Van Nguyen's Australian lawyer, Lex Lasry, says every avenue is worth pursuing.

"Australia would have to bring the action. That means Australia has to be persuaded that the action is able to be brought and that Singapore can be brought before the court as well," he said. "It's not a matter of being optimistic. It's just a matter of trying everything we can in order to avoid his death."

Van Nguyen's legal advisers argue that the mandatory death penalty imposed by Singapore breaches international law.

They also hope to persuade leaders attending this week's Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta to press Singapore to stop the execution.

Van Nguyen was caught trafficking 400 grams of heroin from Cambodia to Australia via Singapore in 2002. He told police he was smuggling the consignment to help pay off debts owed by his twin brother, who was a drug addict.

Australia has repeatedly pleaded for clemency on the grounds that Van Nguyen has no previous criminal convictions. Canberra has also argued he could help investigations into drug syndicates if allowed to live.

The case has aroused great public sympathy in Australia and opposition politicians have pressed the government to impose economic sanctions on Singapore.

But the government has refused to consider such a move, saying it would damage Australia's broader interests.

The condemned man's mother and twin brother were flying to Singapore Monday to visit him.

2 comments:

I stand for Justice said...

Australia is a stupid country that practices double standards. If the so-called "human rights" and "sympathy" are so valued in Australia, then why didn't Australia lobby to have EVERYONE IN THE WORLD (inc. Singaporeans both locally and overseas) comdemmed to death saved from the gallow?

To bring to your attention, Australians actually rejoiced and celebrated the death sentences met out to the Bali bombers in Indonesia which has killed many Australians. To them, that is considered "Justice" because the lives of Indonesians are not worthy enough for them obviously.

Same thing done to Singapore. Nothing mentioned when Singaporens are sentenced to death. Big whines when an Australian drug traficker, who tried to bring 400 gm of Heroin through Changi get caught RED HANDED..they made big news on local newspaper..called Singapore names like rogue Chinese port, then try to play "Big Brother", hink they are white hence SUPERIOR, and gather support from other white nations to abolish death penalty for their clause. Their dear USA is doing the same thing yet nothing said.

To Australians "AISA IS BABARIC" but never the west. Hence, Lex (Nguyen's lawyer) concluded that " If Singapore wants to be a FIRST-WORLD COUNTRY..." agian showing comtempt that Singapore is THIRD-WORLD. All this happens whilst Australia is accusing SIngapore of showing Australia with comtempt. It's sickening to hear false "facts" about Singapore everyday on the Australian TV, radios, newspapers etc.

So Australia, please stop your "Oh we are White hence almighty" attitute and start showing respect for others if you want others to respect you too! Don't give me the crap that you are democratic and fair and rightous after all the shits done to the Aborigines. If you wanna talk "human rights" in the international context then you probably should consider your position on the Aboriginal land right issues! It is common sense that YOU (WHITE AUSTRALIA) has NO RIGHTS to take away the land, the culture, the pride and of course the child of anyone whose a "lower being" because they are "coloured".
(PS: Isn't "white" a colour? Thought the only non-coloured colour is "transparent"?? hem..)

All the big hoo-haa surrounding Corby and Nguyen really crack me up.

Grow up Australia.

I stand for Justice said...

I stand for Justice said...
Australia is a stupid country that practices double standards. If the so-called "human rights" and "sympathy" are so valued in Australia, then why didn't Australia lobby to have EVERYONE IN THE WORLD (inc. Singaporeans both locally and overseas) comdemmed to death saved from the gallow?

To bring to your attention, Australians actually rejoiced and celebrated the death sentences met out to the Bali bombers in Indonesia which has killed many Australians. To them, that is considered "Justice" because the lives of Indonesians are not worthy enough for them obviously.

Same thing done to Singapore. Nothing mentioned when Singaporens are sentenced to death. Big whines when an Australian drug traficker, who tried to bring 400 gm of Heroin through Changi get caught RED HANDED..they made big news on local newspaper..called Singapore names like rogue Chinese port, then try to play "Big Brother", hink they are white hence SUPERIOR, and gather support from other white nations to abolish death penalty for their clause. Their dear USA is doing the same thing yet nothing said.

To Australians "AISA IS BABARIC" but never the west. Hence, Lex (Nguyen's lawyer) concluded that " If Singapore wants to be a FIRST-WORLD COUNTRY..." agian showing comtempt that Singapore is THIRD-WORLD. All this happens whilst Australia is accusing SIngapore of showing Australia with comtempt. It's sickening to hear false "facts" about Singapore everyday on the Australian TV, radios, newspapers etc.

So Australia, please stop your "Oh we are White hence almighty" attitute and start showing respect for others if you want others to respect you too! Don't give me the crap that you are democratic and fair and rightous after all the shits done to the Aborigines. If you wanna talk "human rights" in the international context then you probably should consider your position on the Aboriginal land right issues! It is common sense that YOU (WHITE AUSTRALIA) has NO RIGHTS to take away the land, the culture, the pride and of course the child of anyone whose a "lower being" because they are "coloured".
(PS: Isn't "white" a colour? Thought the only non-coloured colour is "transparent"?? hem..)

All the big hoo-haa surrounding Corby and Nguyen really crack me up.

Grow up Australia.