May 22, 1994 |
In the wake of the controversial caning of 18-year-old Michael Fay, the American convicted of spray painting cars, the U.S. State Department is reminding travelers of Singapore's strict penalties for a variety of offenses that might be considered minor in the United States, including jaywalking, littering and spitting, as well as the importation and sale of chewing gum. In addition, Singapore has a mandatory death penalty for many narcotics offenses.
May 8, 1994 |
Singapore's government said early today that it had reprimanded two U.S. diplomats because of what it termed "false reports" about how much American teen-ager Michael P. Fay suffered during a flogging for vandalism. The two-month controversy about the Fay case, which has strained relations between the United States and one of its longtime allies, blossomed into a full-fledged war of words over news reports that the youth had been "bloodied" by the punishment.
May 4, 1994 |
The government said today that there is no reason to grant clemency to an American teen-ager sentenced to a flogging for spray-painting cars, but it announced that the punishment of six strokes of the rattan cane has been reduced to four as a "gesture" to President Clinton. A government statement said the Cabinet had reviewed the clemency appeal filed by lawyers for Michael P. Fay, 18, and "found no special circumstances which justify commuting the sentence of caning."
April 29, 1994 |
An American teen-ager sentenced to be flogged for vandalism ended his first month in jail without word on whether the government will accept or reject his plea for mercy. An official who requested anonymity said the case of Michael Fay, 18, was discussed at a Cabinet meeting, but no decision had been reached on the clemency plea. Fay was charged with spray-painting cars and other acts of vandalism in October.
April 24, 1994 |
The government on Saturday defended its controversial policy of flogging vandals and said it is absurd for critics from countries with high crime rates to question Singapore's approach. The defense of the justice system was made by Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng after nearly a month of increasingly vitriolic exchanges between Singapore and the United States over the decision to sentence an 18-year-old American, Michael P. Fay, to six strokes of a rattan cane for spray-painting cars.
April 2, 1994 |
"Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world," wrote Keith Kimball of Vallejo, Calif., in a letter to Secretary of State Warren Christopher. "We should have those tough kinds of punishment in America." A Singapore court's decision to sentence an American teen-ager to a flogging for spray-painting cars has produced a predictable nod of approval from many Singaporeans, long accustomed to their government's firm hand.