Fa­ther’s mercy plea for Bri­ton fac­ing flog­ging

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THE fa­ther of the British ex-pub­lic school­boy set to be flogged in Sin­ga­pore for drugs of­fences said yes­ter­day the ‘pun­ish­ment should fit the crime’ as he called for a re­view of his son’s case.

Busi­ness­man Alex Yuen, 70, urged the au­thor­i­ties in the for­mer Crown colony to re­con­sider his son’s sen­tence, which he said was ‘ex­ces­sive’ and ‘against hu­man rights’.

Ye Ming Yuen, 29, pic­tured, who was born in Lon­don and is a for­mer pupil at £37,000-a-year West­min­ster School, has been sen­tenced to 2 strokes of the cane. He has also been jailed for 20 years after be­ing con­victed of seven drug of­fences, in­clud­ing traf­fick­ing, in Sin­ga­pore.

As re­vealed in Satur­day’s Daily Mail, the case has sparked a stand-off be­tween the UK and Sin­ga­pore. Yuen’s fa­ther, who is based in the UK, said: ‘I hope he can be granted a re­trial or clemency.’

Mr Yuen – who has not yet had di­rect con­tact with the Sin­ga­porean au­thor­i­ties over his son’s sen­tence – said: ‘The fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple of sen­tenc­ing is that the pun­ish­ment must fit the crime and the cul­pa­bil­ity of the of­fender. The seven charges the pros­e­cu­tion pro­ceeded with against my son are petty.’

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