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Nguyen Tuong Van
FRIDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2005 - A VERY SAD DAY - THE DAY NGUYEN VAN TUONG WAS EXECUTED BY THE SINGAPOREAN GOVERNMENT - HE WAS HUNG BY THE NECK - A QUICK BUT BARBARIC END TO A YOUNG LIFE - IT WAS HIS FIRST CRIME - HE PAID FOR IT WITH HIS LIFE! - THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN KILLING A YOUNG MAN IN SUCH A BARBARIC MANNER - OR IN KILLING A MAN AT ALL!

NGUYEN VAN TUONG HAS BEEN EXECUTED
Australia weeps for a young man who for whatever reason made a stupid mistake. This was his first crime! He was cooperative and helpful to the authorities, he has demonstrated real remorse for his crime. He is an Australian Citizen, yet he has been put to death in a foreign country, for a crime he would be lucky to get 10 years for here in Australia!

What are we going to do Australia - How many kids have to die?

In Memoriam - Tuong Van Nguyen

Executed by the Singaporean Government on 2 December 2005
It was his first and only criminal offence!
Foreign Prisoner Support Services extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Australian Tuong Van Nguyen who was hanged in Singapore at 6am on 2 December 2005. This young man will never get the opportunity to learn from his mistake but we hope that in his passing, others might.

We encourage our members and visitors to this site to send a card of condolence or a few kind thoughts and words of compassion to his dear mother Mrs. Kim Nguyen.

We also respect that there are people who believe Van Nguyen deserved to be punished in this way. We ask that you please understand that what is done is done and that you allow his mother to grieve in peace. That you refrain from sending any disrespectful or hurtful correspondence to FPSS, to Van's lawyers and to his family. The time for accusations has surely passed and now is a time when we should come together in the spirit of humanity to support a mother who has just lost her son!


Down a road that's calm and peaceful,
Guided by God's loving hand,
He has gone upon a journey
To a distant, brighter land.
And although our hearts are heavy
With sorrow we still bear,
It helps to bring us comfort,
Knowing he is happy there.
Condolences can be directed to:

    Mrs. Kim Nguyen

    C/- Mr. Lex Lasry QC
    Australian Lawyer
    1-13 University Avenue,
    Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

Information about Nguyen Tuong Van

Reuters Photo: File photo shows Kim Nguyen, mother of convicted Australian drug trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van, after..
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Singapore Death Penalty
An Australian man, Nguyen Tuong Van, 25, convicted of drugs charges in Singapore has lost his final appeal for clemency and will be executed.

Nguyen's Melbourne-based lawyer Lex Lasry said the Singapore decision was devastating for Nguyen, his family and "anyone who values humane treatment of their fellow human beings."

"Death by hanging is hideous. Further, it is grossly out of proportion to the crime committed," he said in a statement, adding that Nguyen had admitted his guilt and cooperated with authorities.

"We call on the Singapore government to reverse this decision. We make this call in the name of fairness and justice."

But Downer said there was little more Australia could do. The F.P.S.S are shocked to hear that all avenues of appeal have been exhausted. Nguyen Tuong Van should NOT receive the Death Penalty because;

  • Nguyen has always admitted his guilt.
  • He has NO history of criminal activity.
  • Nguyen Tuong Van assisted the authorities, including the Australian Federal Police in their investigations.
    There are provisions of the Singapore Constitution that make specific reference and provide for clemency to those who assist the authorities with information which can be used to prosecute others.
The F.P.S.S, it's members & volunteers respectfully request the Singapore Authorities act Immediatly to save Nguyen's life!


COURT TRANSCRIPTS
Public Prosecutor v Nguyen Tuong Van - 20 Mar 2004
Nguyen Tuong Van v Public Prosecutor - Appeal 06 Oct 2004
Mothers Plea

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CONTACT DETAILS
The address where Nguyen is currently detained and will likely be hanged if the appeal is rejected is at the address below. Letters are not generally accepted by the Prison. Please forward your correspondence to the High Commission instead.

    Tanah Merah Prison [Changi Prison]
    10 Tanah Merah Besar Road,
    Changi, Singapore 498834.

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Australia buries executed Nguyen

Nguyen's body was flown back to Melbourne for burial
At least 1,000 mourners have attended the funeral in Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral of a man executed in Singapore for drug-smuggling.

Nguyen Tuong Van, an Australian of Vietnamese descent, was hanged last Friday for trafficking heroin despite strong appeals for clemency.

The 25-year-old's body was flown back to Melbourne on Sunday.

A plea for forgiveness written by Nguyen hours before his death was read out at the requiem Mass.

Fr Peter Hansen made a strong condemnation of "retribution and vengeance" in his sermon to the congregation in the Roman Catholic cathedral.

"And I say to these people if you build a world upon these so-called values of retribution and vengeance, then you will build a world in which some people will always seek to take drugs," he said.

All Australians, he told Nguyen's mother Kim as she sobbed, supported her in the face of her pain.

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    People hold a flower and weep for condemned drug smuggler Nguyen Tuong Van during a vigil in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, as they gather at the hour of his execution. [AP]
    Singapore executed a 25-year-old Australian on Friday for drug trafficking, despite numerous appeals from the Australian government and hours after the condemned man had a "beautiful last visit" with his family.

    Nguyen Tuong Van was hanged before dawn as a dozen friends and supporters, dressed in black, kept an overnight vigil outside the maximum-security prison. His twin brother, Nguyen Khoa, was dressed in white.

    Vigils were also held in cities around Australia, with bells and gongs sounding 25 times at the hour of his execution.

    "The sentence was carried out this morning at Changi Prison," the Home Affairs Ministry said in an e-mailed statement.

    Nguyen received a mandatory death sentence after he was caught in 2002 at Singapore's airport on his way home to Melbourne carrying about 14 ounces of heroin.

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  • Candlelight vigil marks protest against Nguyen execution
    Thousands of candles have been lit outside Parliament House in Canberra to protest against the impending execution of convicted drug smuggler, Australian man Van Nguyen.

    Van Nguyen is due to be executed in Singapore at dawn on Friday.

    With the sun setting over Parliament House, the glow from around 3,000 candles is lighting up the lawn in the front of the building.

    About 200 people have joined the vigil to show their support for the 25-year-old and their opposition to the death penalty.

    A spokesman from a family drug support group who lost his son to a heroin overdose told the gathering Nguyen is about to become just another victim of drugs.

    The president of Amnesty International Australia, Russell Thirgood, says he hopes tonight's vigil will bring some comfort to Nguyen and his family.

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  • Nguyen to die on December 2nd

    M. Ravi a Singaporean human rights lawyer and anti-death penalty campaigner holds messages addressed to Nguyen Tuong Van while on his way to Changi Prison in Singapore November 8, 2005.

    Ravi was attempting to deliver the messages to Nguyen, who was sentenced to death in March 2004 for smuggling almost 400 grams of heroin from Cambodia.

    Singapore is set to precede with the execution of convicted Australian drug smuggler, dismissing a final plea by Canberra to spare him, Australia's foreign minister said last week.

    Alexander Downer said he had received a letter from his Singapore counterpart, George Yeo, late on Wednesday rejecting an appeal for clemency for Nguyen Tuong Van, 25, and expected the death sentence to be carried out in the next month. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

    Twins - one on death row, other in despair

    THE LITTLE twins smile happily for the camera, their young lives filled with endless possibilities.

    Today one of them sits on death row, the other is in hiding — filled with despair over the loving brother whose life looks certain to be cut short on the gallows in Singapore.

    The image of Melbourne man Nguyen Tuong Van, 25, and his brother, Khoa, was released by lawyers for Nguyen, who are fighting to save his life.

    Nguyen was arrested in Singapore in 2002 carrying 396 grams of heroin. He told police he was acting as a courier for a Sydney drug syndicate to earn money to pay for his brother's legal debts.

    Few people know where Khoa is today, but those who know him say he is devastated. The pair had been inseparable since arriving in Australia with their mother when they were four months old.

    Nguyen's application for clemency was refused by Singapore's President S.R. Nathan on October 21. But friends and supporters have not given up hope.

    Yesterday, supporters of the Reach Out campaign, set up by friends of Nguyen, gathered in Melbourne to sort through the thousands of letters of support.

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