17 Jan 2007

Tochi's Death Sentence Letter


Capt_Canuck said...

maybe it is my computer, but I cant really make out the handwritten scrawl in the first paragraph where the date was scratched out. I think it says "was canceled". Is this true?

I did find it particularly chilling that in the second paragraph it states that a person about to be executed has only three days to visit with family and friends and that is for only two hours a day that has to be registered with the prison in advance. For some reason, I find that particular cold and callous. But, that might be just me.

soci said...

Hi Capt_canuck,

I actually have a pdf version and I am still unable to read the handwritten part. At a guess it looks like, 'I cancelled it in Jesus' name Amen!!'

That is a guess and it does not indicate who wrote the section.

Wonder if anyone out there has other ideas to what it says.

I have been googling Amara Tochi and I get back NOTHING. Saddens me to think that this man's plight is barely registering anything beyond the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), in Nigeria and Mr Princewill Akpakpan.

Where is the international outcry?

Matilah_Singapura said...

This is the most obscene, horrific and chilling thing I've experienced in a long time.

This is wrong, so very, very wrong.

Anonymous said...

Whenever I see this sort of death sentence letter sent to these victims' family members, I truly feel very very sick of Singapore's way of handling these ppl who could be INNOCENT ppl. Singapore seems to be a VERY BARBARIC city state - a nice-looking apple with a rotten core!!!

Capt_Canuck said...

I guess you can see this as another sort of chilling thing that sort of tells you how common executions are in Singapore. This letter does have a sort of 'form letter' feel to it, doesnt it? no real information or anything just the basic facts where you can have the letter written without the details like name and execution date, and just fill in two blanks and out the letter goes. Scary that a place has so many executions that they might be so desensitized to the actual actions they are doing that a form letter is acceptable.

And, if this letter is true and the sentenced was actually 'cancelled', also shows how alien and strange a pardon to an execution is since they really dont know how to write a proper letter of cancellation. Almost like some big wigs looked at each other and asked "umm, how do you write a letter saying we are pardoning this guy??? ummm, dont know lah...ummm, will this do?" *scribbles a quick note on form letter* "ummm, ok lah, sounds good...."

Chilling...very chilling.

Anonymous said...

Another life wasted but no justice is done. Only the chilling upholding of laws enacted in the past by a few men. This is anything but justice.

Anonymous said...

This letter resembles those letters
from our AVA that states that such
and such batch of livestocks have passed inspection for slaughter.
That's how cold is sound.
We are no different from the way they hang Saddam Hussein and the gang ie without dignity

Matilah_Singapura said...

soci wrote:

Where is the international outcry?

Where's the local Law society? and other than Mr Ravi, other lawyers and judges of (good) conscience?

The brutality of the death penalty aside — this wasn't a "clean bust".

Capt_Canuck said...

The international outcry could be loud and strong, but if the Singaporean gov't, and their people, are too deaf to hear it, what good will it do?

Matilah_Singapura said...
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Matilah_Singapura said...

Absolutely nothing.

Why do you think SE Asian govts don't go on a campaign to "silence" drug busts involving foreigners trafficking these highly marketable goods?

Because they want the message loud and clear all over the world: Don't Bring Drugs Here! If We Catch You, We WILL Kill You.

...but what can you do, if some people choose to be too deaf to hear it?

Joe90 said...

The capital punishment law will never be abolished unless the citizens here are given a chance to vote in a moratorium whether they want to keep it or not. So long as the people here are denied their democratic right to voice out in unity against this moral issue, nothing will change.