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A Letter to the President and PM of Singapore, from Jesleen Cheong

亲爱的纳丹总统与李显龙总理:

很抱歉,因为我哥的关系,造成您们的困扰,会发生这样的事情是我们万万没想到的。可是,现在能拯救我哥的,就只有您们的宽赦并且重新调查我哥的案件,才能证明我哥所说的是否属实。

我们想要强调的是,我哥在被逮捕的当时(24岁),身上并没有任何的毒品或是大量的现金。他在被捕过后,随着肃毒人员到停车场去等候,直到第一被告被逮捕时,肃毒人员带我哥到现场去会合,他才发现行李箱内的金条变成毒品。

我们想知道为什么法官既然不相信我哥所给的口供,还承认说警方未尽全力的调查是无关紧要的就判我哥死刑,这样做会让多少人白白牺牲?我们相信以新加坡警方的实力,一定能抓到真正的幕后黑手,为什么不相信就不去调查?这样要如何证明我哥所说的是不是实话呢?在录口供时,我哥他也很合作的提供说出一切他所知道的,酒店,机票,私人号码等,这些都是可以抓到幕后黑手的线索,难道这一切都没必要进行调查吗?

我哥做错事本来就应该受到惩罚,为自己的行为负责。可是,他不是生产毒品的人,他只不过是因为受到”朋友”多次的诱骗下,因一时的贪念才答应帮忙走私金条。因为误信”朋友”,所以就必须牺牲自己的性命吗?他不是笨到明知贩毒会死刑还会去送死。是不是他死了就能消灭所有的毒品,不会再发生同样的事情呢?况且,警方怎么可以让那些利用别人来贩毒的坏人逍遥法外呢?

我觉得死刑,只不过是给人们一种观念,”死就能解决问题”。那么留下来的伤痛就是惩罚活下来的人而已。

我们不是要求放人,我们只是希望判刑之前严谨的查案,也希望总统您能特赦我哥,改为其他刑罚。

我们知道要您们做出赦免的决定,需要很多的考量。可是,这关系到人命,请您们慎重的看待这起案件,并尽全力的调查,抓出真凶才能证明我哥所说的话。我相信,只要”老得”还活着的一天,他一定会被绳子以法。

谢谢。

English translation:

Dear President S R Nathan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong,

I am really sorry that you’ve been placed in a difficult position because of my brother’s case. We never expected something like this to happen. Now, you’re the only people who can save my brother and reopen his case to prove if he was indeed telling the truth.

I want to stress that when my brother was arrested (he was 24-years-old), there were neither drugs nor large sums of money in his possession. After he was arrested, my brother waited at a carpark with CNB officials. After the first accused person was caught, they took him to meet her. That was where he discovered that the “gold bars” in the suitcase had turned into heroin.

We want to know why the judge disbelieved my brother’s testimony? He even admitted that the police failed to fully investigate the case but said this wasn’t important and sentenced my brother to death. How many people have been sacrificed because of this kind of behavior? We believe in the abilities of the Singapore police and feel that they should be able to capture the actual culprit. How can they simply not investigate because they didn’t believe my brother? How can they prove that my brother was not telling the truth? When giving his statement, my brother was very co-operative and told them all he knew. He gave them the name of the hotel, air ticket details and telephone numbers. These are all information that could have helped police capture the mastermind. Was all this not worth investigating?

My brother committed a crime and should be punished, but he is not a drug supplier. It was his friends who repeatedly tempted him. He agreed to traffic gold bars in a moment of greed. Why should he be made to sacrifice his life just because he made the mistake of trusting his “friends”? He’s not a stupid person and would never have trafficked drugs because he knew he’d get the death penalty if he was caught. Would his death mean that all drugs will be eradicated and that this will never happen again? Also, how can the police allow those bad people who take advantage of others to escape the consequences?

I feel that the death penalty merely gives people the view that “death will solve all problems”. The people that are still alive will be punished with a lifetime of grief.

We are not asking for my brother to be released. All we’re saying is, before you carry out the sentence, please investigate his case thoroughly. I hope Mr President, you can support my brother and give him a different kind of punishment.

We know that any change we request of you will require a lot of consideration, but this involves a human life. Please go over this case carefully, carry out a proper investigation and find the real culprit. I believe the law will catch up with “Lau De”, as long as he is still alive.

Thank you.

L - R: Joanne Cheong, Cheong Kah Pin, M Ravi, Jesleen Cheong, Lim Mooi Hoh

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