Archive for March 2010

Amnesty Int World Overview of the Death Penalty 2009

March 31, 2010

Amnesty International on March 30th published its world overview of the death penalty for 2009. The report, Death Sentences and Executions in 2009, reveals that at least 714 people were executed in 18 countries and at least 2001 people were sentenced to death in 56 countries last year. (more…)

Latest Update:Re the case of Yong Vui Kong

March 15, 2010

The Court of Appeal reserved judgement today in the case of convicted Malaysian teenage offender Yong Vui Kong, who has challenged the constitutionality of the mandatory death sentence he received.Please visit the link below to read further.

http://theonlinecitizen.com/2010/03/judges-reserve-judgement-in-yongs-mandatory-death-penalty-appeal/

Additional Info

Yong Vui Kong was arrested in June 2007, when he was 19, by officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau. He was charged with trafficking 42.27 grams of heroin, and then sentenced to death in January 2009.

Yong was convicted under the Misuse of Drugs Act, which provides that anyone found guilty of illegally importing, exporting or trafficking more than 15 grams of heroin will automatically receive a mandatory death sentence.

On December 8,The Court of Appeal granted Yong Vui Kong an extension of time to have his appeal heard.Yong, who was originally scheduled to be hanged on 11 th of December 2009.

Yong Vui Kong’s lawyer has appealed on the grounds that the mandatory death sentence for drug-trafficking, which is set out in the Misuse of Drugs Act, is unconstitutional, and therefore his case should be referred back to the trial judge for “reconsideration.”