From ABC News online.
Van Nguyen's family visited him in jail this morning. The convicted drug smuggler is set to be hanged on December 2.
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Victoria's Attorney-General Rob Hulls is tonight preparing to fly to Singapore to plead for the life of death row inmate Van Nguyen.
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The family of convicted Australian drug trafficker Van Nguyen has visited him in jail.
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Last minute clemency bid for Nguyen
Victoria's Attorney-General has secured a meeting with a senior Singaporean government minister on Thursday to present a last minute plea for condemned Melbourne man Van Nguyen.
A group of European Union parliamentarians has also appealed for clemency for Nguyen during a visit to Singapore.
Nguyen was convicted in Singapore of trying to smuggle 400 grams of heroin and is due to be executed on December 2.
Attorney General Rob Hulls has changed his arrangements for an overseas trip to make the unscheduled stopover in Singapore to plea for clemency for Nguyen.
The Attorney-General will deliver a letter containing the plea from the Premier Steve Bracks to the Government of Singapore to spare the 25-year-old's life.
Mr Hulls has told Lateline he will propose a prisoner exchange program to Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, Ho Peng Kee.
"I am vehemently opposed and I know that Steve Bracks is vehemently opposed to the mandatory death penalty and I think it is incumbent upon me, as Attorney-General, to take a very strong message from the Premier of Victoria to urge, to implore the Singaporean Government not to embark upon this final act and execute this young man," he said.
"I'll be making it pretty clear that there is a very strong feeling in Australia against executing this young man, that all avenues should be exhausted prior to them taking this final step, and it would be a final step."
The family of Nguyen have visited him in Changi prison in Singapore.
Nguyen's mother and his twin brother Khoa arrived at the jail this morning with staff from Australia's High Commission in Singapore.
They were inside for an hour, the first of what is expected to be daily visits.
Nguyen's lawyers are still desperately trying to find avenues to stop the execution and want the Federal Government to take the case to the International Court of Justice.
Prime Minister John Howard says he does not believe that would succeed and that Singapore is not likely to reconsider pleas for clemency for Nguyen.
Meanwhile, European parliamentarians have criticised Singapore's mandatory death penalty and urged the Government to stop Nguyen's execution.
"The death penalty is firmly rejected in the European Parliament, but it is applied here. Clearly, we have different positions," Hartmut Nassauer, chairman of the delegation for relations with South-East Asia, told reporters at a briefing in Singapore.
"We believe in universal democracy, rights and human law."
Singapore, which has the highest execution rate in the world relative to population according to a 2004 report by Amnesty International, has a compulsory death penalty for murder and drug trafficking.
Frithjof Schmidt, a member of the European Green Party, urged the Australian Government to take the case to an international court.
"There should be a debate in an international court, given the gravity of the punishment for someone just transporting drugs," Mr Schmidt told Reuters.
The delegates met Nguyen's Singapore-based lawyer during their visit, he said.