Last update: 17 June 2015
Cheong Chun Yin was convicted of trafficking 2.7kg of heroin in to Singapore in February 2010. The Court of Appeal upheld the sentence in October 2010.
To this day, Chun Yin claims that he did not know the suitcase he had been given in Myanmar contained heroin. He had been told that he would be carrying gold bars for the purposes of tax evasion. He says he did not cut open the lining of the bag to verify if the objects hidden in it were gold bars or not, because he did not want to be held responsible for anything going missing.
Chun Yin was arrested alighting from a taxi in Arab Street in June 2008. At the time of arrest, he had already handed the suitcase in question over, and did not have the suitcase in his possession.
During interrogation, Chun Yin gave detailed descriptions and phone numbers of “Lau De”, the man who set him up. However, it is unclear whether the CNB officers made any attempts to trace this man.
In his judgement, High Court Judge Choo Han Teck stated that “It was immaterial that the CNB did not made adequate efforts to trace Lau De or check on his cell-phones.”
Following the amendments to the mandatory death penalty that came into force in 2013, Cheong Chun Yin eventually received a Certificate of Cooperation and was re-sentenced to life imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane.
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