Thursday, December 01, 2005
First the model imprisoned in Malaysia now this kid in Singapore. Their gonna hang him. They don't play with drug smugglers in Asia, boy.
Then ya got this guy, who's all bummed out he can't carry out the execution.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's chief executioner, who claims he was sacked after speaking to Australian media, says he hopes still to be called upon to hang a young Australian man convicted of drug trafficking who is due to die on Friday.
The death sentence on Vietnamese-born Melbourne man Nguyen Tuong Van, 25, has strained relations between the two countries.
Darshan Singh, 74, who has carried out hundreds of executions in a career spanning 48 years, told Reuters on Sunday he had been sacked by the prison authorities and would not be required for any more executions.
But on Monday, Singapore's prison department said Singh had not been sacked and was still a contract officer. It did not say who would perform Nguyen's execution.
Singh insists that, with his experience, he can ensure that the condemned man would be hanged efficiently, whereas an inexperienced hangman could make mistakes and prolong Nguyen's suffering.