MFA in contact with family of S'porean sentenced to death in Vietnam, rendering consular assistance

They are providing Cher Wei Hon with consular assistance.

Darryl Laiu | August 13, 2020, 03:19 PM

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In response to queries from Mothership, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) stated that they are aware of the case of Cher Wei Hon, who has been sentenced to death for trafficking drugs in Vietnam.

A spokesperson said: "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of the case and in contact with Mr Cher’s family. Our Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City is rendering consular assistance to Mr Cher."

Singaporeans in trouble overseas

This is not the first time a Singaporean has run afoul of drug laws overseas.

In December last year, a Singaporean woman was among the six foreign nationals arrested in Bali, Indonesia for alleged drug related crimes.

The woman was found with 0.35g of cocaine in a small plastic bag inside of her passport.

Indonesian law also allows for the death penalty — which is by firing squad — for drug related offences.

In that case, the MFA also said that they were aware, and were rendering consular assistance to her and her next-of-kin, reported The New Paper.

In 2017, two Singaporeans were were also jailed in separate cases in New Zealand and Australia.

Mohamad Nazjib Abdul Majit was caught trying to smuggle 100g of methamphetamine in his underwear because of financial stress, reported The Straits Times.

The judge sentenced Nazjib to 54 months of jail time.

In Australia, Lum Fook Loong helped sell 56g of methylamphetamine because of death threats against his family. He was convicted and jailed for four years.

Just this year, a Singaporean man who is allegedly the leader of a drug gang in Johor was arrested in a series of 15 raids that were carried out between June 2 to June 9.

For that case, a spokesperson for the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said: "CNB would like to remind all Singaporeans to observe the laws of the country where they are in, and if they should engage in any unlawful activities while overseas, they will have to be prepared to face the consequences," reported TNP.

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