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Singapore woman faces death by firing squad in China

But details of Siti Aslinda Junaidi's case are sketchy.

Our Regional Correspondent
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Police parade prisoners during an execution rally at a stadium in Kunming, the capital of China's southwestern Yunnan province, in this file picture taken on June 26, 2001. Photo: AFP
Police parade prisoners during an execution rally at a stadium in Kunming, the capital of China's southwestern Yunnan province, in this file picture taken on June 26, 2001. Photo: AFP

A Singapore woman has been sentenced to execution by firing squad over a drug offence by a court in China, but there have been few details about her case, complicating efforts by her family to provide legal services in her appeal.

It is understood that Siti Aslinda Junaidi, 35, was arrested in Shenzhen, China, six years ago for drug trafficking. She had been accompanying her boyfriend who was caught carrying the drugs.

Her counsel, prominent human rights lawyer and activist M Ravi, has written to the Singapore foreign ministry for more details about her case.

There were earlier claims that no lawyer was engaged to defend her following her arrest, and no representative from the Singapore government had visited her over the past year.

“I can assure you that all these years nothing has been done.”

Ravi, a rare dissenting voice in Singapore who is spearheading a campaign to abolish the death penalty in the city-state, said he was informed that Aslinda’s execution by firing squad would be carried out in two weeks’ time.

When contacted, Aslinda’s 17-year-old daughter Ismiraldha said there had been a lack of documentation on her mother’s case.

“I must fight for my right no matter how.”

Ravi said his anti-death penalty campaign will also include Aslinda.

“It was so heart-wrenching when Elda contacted me last night pleading with me to save her mum from being shot in two weeks.

“I seek Divine Mother’s help to give me all the strength and guidance on this rather arduous but not hopeless battle,” said Ravi.

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