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.
“What I can say is that when this happened, I was just 12 years old. I’m not too sure.
“But I can assure you that all these years nothing has been done,” Ismiraldha told MalaysiaNow.
She said her mother is currently detained at the Shenzhen Detention Centre in the Guangdong province in south China.
She added that the Singapore government through the consulate-general office in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, has been making a S$100 remittance to her mother every month since her arrest.
Ravi, in his letter to the Singapore foreign ministry, had asked for the reason behind the monthly payment.
MalaysiaNow has also reached out to the Singapore consulate-general in Guangdong for a response.
Letter from prison
Meanwhile, in a handwritten letter to Ismiraldha last month, Aslinda told her daughter that her sentence was “unfair”.
“I must fight for my right no matter how. I know it’s difficult for you to accept this and I got to do something for this,” wrote Aslinda.
She also revealed that the Singapore consul had not visited her for the last 15 months.
“I don’t know why. Quite worried here.”
But she advised her daughter not to think too much of her plight, adding that she should focus on her studies.
“Elda, by the way, what’s your height and weight now? How’s your ITE life? Fun? Enjoy yourself alright,” she wrote, addressing her daughter by her nickname.
“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.