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.