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Singapore, 18 May 2017
The European Union Delegation to Singapore issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission, and the Head of Mission of Norway:
The European Union (EU) welcomes the recent judgement in which the High Court opted for a non-capital conviction instead of the death penalty for two defendants on drug trafficking charges.
In this context, the EU calls on the Singapore authorities to halt the execution of Muhammad Ridzuan bin Mohd Ali, to commute his sentence to a non-capital sentence and to adopt a moratorium on all executions.
The EU holds a principled position against the death penalty and is opposed to the use of capital punishment under any circumstances. No compelling evidence exists to show that the death penalty serves as a deterrent to crime. Furthermore, any errors - inevitable in any legal system - are irreversible. The EU will continue in its pursuit of the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.