High Commission of Singapore,
Jln Tun Razak,
Kuala Lumpur

Wrongful execution of M’sian Vignes Mourthi and malicious prosecution of Alan Shadrake

Vignes Mourthi

1. On 26 September 2003, Vignes Mourthi was hanged in Changi prison for alleged drug trafficking.

2. The key testimony on which he was convicted was the evidence of one Sgt Rajkumar who arrested Vignes.

3. Alan Shadrake in his book ” The Jolly Hangman” reveals the shocking truth about the trial and conviction of Vignes. At the time Sgt Rajkumar gave the sworn testimony in court which convicted Vignes, Rajkumar was under investigation for rape, sodomy and bribery! Subsequently he was convicted of corruption and sent to prison for 15 months. Vignes was hanged by the neck until he died on the testimony of this man.

4. In a breathtakingly malicious act, Singapore police and authorities concealed this crucial fact from Vignes’ lawyer M.Ravi. Vignes went to the gallows bitterly denying to the end that he had ever trafficked in drugs. He was only 21 years old when arrested.

5. The callousness and indifference to human life by the Singapore government and judiciary is shown by the now notorious remarks of Chief Justice Yong Pung How. When asked by lawyer M.Ravi whether the innocent Vignes can be hanged due to merely procedural matters, the Chief Justice replied ” Yes, the answer is yes.”

Alan Shadrake

1. On 19 July 2010, a day after Alan launched his book in Singapore, police arrested him for Criminal Defamation and Contempt of Court.

2. Alan was interrogated by police 8 to 10 hours a day despite a weak heart, and now faces trials which may may send him to prison for years. He remains resolute and has said ” I will not be cowed.” His only crime is revealing the truth to the people of Singapore and the world.

We the undersigned demand that the Singapore government:

a. acknowledges the enormous miscarriage of justice that happened in Vignes’ case;

b. clears the sullied name of Vignes Mourthi and make amends to his suffering family;

c. institute immediate reforms in the Singapore judiciary to ensure Singaporean judges appreciate and respect human life and freedom;

d. take appropriate action according to the Constitution against Chief Justice Yong Pung How ;

e. halt all pending executions in Singapore and commute death sentences to imprisonment;

f. cease immediately the malicious persecution of British author Alan Shadrake.


Civil Rights Committee