Lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam has unconditionally apologised in his Facebook for making statements that are in contempt of court. Mr Thuraisingam made the comments on the day his client Muhammad Ridzuan was scheduled to have his death sentence carried.
Ridzuan, 32, a Singaporean, was hanged on Friday morning, 19 May 2017. On 10 April 2013, Singapore’s High Court imposed a mandatory death sentence on Ridzuan for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, after he was found in possession of 72.5 grams of heroin on 6 May 2010. On 27 February 2014, the Court of Appeal dismissed Ridzuan’s appeal against his conviction and sentence.
The Public Prosecutor denied Ridzuan a certificate declaring that he had “substantively assisted the Central Narcotics Bureau in disrupting drug trafficking activities within or outside Singapore.” This certificate of assistance would have limited Ridzuan’s sentence to life in prison.
Mr Thuraisingam in unconditionally apologising for making the statements and unequivocally withdrawing them said: “There is no basis for me to have insinuated that Judges have subordinated their judicial duty to financial greed or that they are more concerned with, or preoccupied, with acquiring financial wealth and material goods which causes them to turn a blind eye to the injustice of the law they apply.”