The Man Singapore Executed for Marijuana
Chijioke Stephen Obioha, a Nigerian national in Singapore, was executed for marijuana possession Nov. 18, in defiance of international protest. As the final appeals for clemency were exhausted last week, Amnesty International issued an urgent statement calling on Singapore to halt the execution. “The death penalty is never the solution,” said Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty’s director for Southeast Asia. “It will not rid Singapore of drugs. By executing people for drug-related offenses, which do not meet the threshold of most serious crimes, Singapore is violating international law.”
Obioha was caught with some 2.6 kilograms of cannabis in April 2007—exceeding the 500-gram quantity that triggers automatic presumption of trafficking under Singaporean law. At this point, the burden of proof shifts from the prosecutor to the defendant. Amnesty says this violates the right to a fair trial. It also states that drug offenses do not meet the criteria the “most serious crimes” to which use of the death penalty must be restricted under international law.
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Chris Christie Goes Back to Lying About Marijuana
It’s been just under two weeks since his political career imploded in spectacularly casual fashion, so let’s check in with the lovable and charismatic Chris Christie.
Now that it’s clear the New Jersey governor is more likely to serve time in federal prison than he is to fetch even so much as a McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish in President-elect Donald Trump’s White House, Christie is free to do things like actually govern.
In Jersey—where Christie is implicated in the creation a life-threatening, record-breaking traffic jam, punishment for a mayor who dared not endorse his Goodfellas-style governance—this involves going on talk radio to engage with the people on their level. Or, failing that, to drag them down with him.
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