Activist summoned over a peaceful vigil for man sentenced to death

2016

By Phyllis Lee

The death penalty has always been a topic of heated debate in Singapore. The latest case occurred just two months ago, when 29-year-old Malaysian Prabagaran Srivijayan was hanged for being convicted for importing 22.24 grams of diamorphine into Singapore in 2014.

The night before his execution, about 15 people – including his family – gathered outside Changi Prison to hold a vigil for him. They had put up his photos amongst tealights, but the police came down and told them that they could not do so. And so, they compiled.

PHOTO: Kirsten Han

However, freelance journalist and activist Kirsten Han put up a Facebook post last evening, revealing that she received a summons to be present for the investigation of “an offence of Taking Part in a Public Assembly without a Permit”.

PHOTO: Kirsten Han

In her post, she recounted the incident, saying that two police officers had showed up at her door to personally hand her the letter yesterday. She then questioned whether such a simple and non-violent vigil was actually worthy of a police investigation.

When contacted by The Independent, Han declined to comment.

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    When the PAP gets together with their RC and distribute flyers its ok and legal… When anyone else does it??? Ohhhh its illegal gathering…. Lol… Champion la

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    ALL I SAY IS THAT THIS ROTTON COUNTRY, STARTS FROM THE ROTTON LEADER, JUST HV NO ETHICS, NO MORALITY AND NO INTEGRITY AT ALL. ONLY THEIR OWN LIFE IS PRECIOUS. OTHERS PPL’S ISN’T IMPT TO THEM

    LKY WAS DYING AND YET ADMITTED TO ICU FOR MORE THAN A MONTH BEFORE HE DIED.

    BUT IF YOU’RE IN COMA AT THE ICU AT TTSH, YR LIFE SPAN IS LTD TO ONLY TWO WEEKS. FAILING TO RECOVER YR CONSCIOUSNESS WITHIN THE LTD PERIOD, LIFE SUPPORT TO BE REMOVED AND BIDE FAREWELL.

    DOUBLE STD OF PRACTICE.

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    Will there come a time when attending a funeral of a friend be considered as an unlawful assembly? Perhaps the G will have reason to fear as the tide of resentment against an arrogant, self serving, overpaid, incompetent, elitist G continue to build. Slowly but surely!!! Do good, do together he he!!

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