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AUSTRALIA/SINGAPORE (Mar 16):

Police deal may save drug trafficker from death penalty----A 24-year-old Melbourne man on death row for drug trafficking in Singapore may be thrown a lifeline.


It has been revealed Nguyen Tuong Van has been providing the Australian Federal Police with information over an Australian-based international drugs syndicate.

His lawyers are hoping his assistance will improve his appeal for clemency, as Singapore's constitution states a pardon is possible if a co-accused gives evidence which leads to the conviction or arrest of a principal offender.

Nguyen's lawyer Lex Lasry has told the ABC'S AM program there is a glimmer of hope.

"It's important because the Singapore constitution itself recognises that people who assist authorities with this kind of information are deserving of particular treatments and it's significant that he's supported as he is by the Australian Federal Police," he said.

Nguyen received an automatic death sentence last March under Singapore's tough drug laws after he was caught carrying almost 400 grams of heroin.

At his trial, Nguyen said he was smuggling the heroin in an attempt to raise money to pay off his twin brother's legal debt.

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The Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, has appealed to Pope John Paul II to help Nguyen.

Cardinal Pell says he has sent the file to the Pope in the hope he can intervene and advance the appeal for clemency.

Cardinal Pell told AM that clemency should be granted to Nguyen for a number of reasons.

"It was a very amateur attempt to smuggle 400 grams of heroin, also significantly he's more than willing to cooperate with the Australian Federal Police in an endeavour to convict whoever set him up to do this job," he said.


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This is all over the news here in Australia at the moment. The federal police want to bring him back to Australia, as they believe he can help the Australian federal police bust a drug ring. I hope he does get clemency. Australian people have been notorious trafficing drugs into Asian countries, and there is warnings and signs up everywhere, that these countries have the death penalty for these kind of crimes. Unfortunetly as well, it is hard for our foreign affairs to intervene, as hard as they try.
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