Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper or propaganda sheet, the Straits Times online edition of Aug 18, 2010 has the story "2 more months for vandal". It is the story of Swiss man, Oliver Fricker, presently jailed in Singapore for painting graffiti on a Singapore train 2 months ago.
He was sentenced to a harsh 5 months in jail, in a city state despised and mocked internationally for it's over the top punishments of beatings (canings), long prison sentences and hangings for even seemingly minor offences.
While he was serving sentence, the Swiss President, Doris Leuthard, made an official visit to Singapore in July this year. Hitherto known for it's democracy and fair judicial system, most of us I think expected her to express her outrage at this totally disproportionate punishment of 5 months prison and caning, for an offense such as this, given a piece of her mind to her Singaporean counterpart and demand the immediate release of her citizen or else.
But you know what, she did no such thing. Instead of standing up for her citizen, she crawled and kowtowed before the Singapore President even claiming that the impending beating and the 5 month prison sentence was, believe it or not, "correct"! She was almost telling the Singapore government, please torture him and jail him as much as you want!
I guess, since this small tip pot city state called Singapore thinks it has got the green light from Switzerland to treat Fricker any way they want, todays same propaganda sheet, the Straits Times online edition has the story, "2 months more for vandal" telling us that the High Court there has increased the sentence to 7 months with the beatings. So Fricker is now going to be tortured with a cane 3 times on his buttocks until they bleed and jailed for 7 months in their notorious Changi jail.
Singapore's penchant for brutality and the sight of pain has been given a boost. Now they can say that Switzerland agrees with Singapore's blood curdling state sanctioned torture. Afterall their own president had called these punishments "correct"!
Shame on you Switzerland. You need not have stooped so low. Increased trade and business with Singapore surely is not worth that much.
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