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UK condemns Singapore after Briton jailed for drug offences ‘caned 24 times’

Written by on 20/08/2020

The UK has condemned Singapore after a Briton serving a 20-year sentence for drugs offences in the country was reportedly flogged naked.

Ye Ming Yuen was secured to a large wooden trestle and caned 24 times at Changi Prison, the Daily Mail reported.

In a statement, the Foreign Office said it “strongly opposes corporal punishment in all circumstances and condemns its use in this case”.

Ye Ming Yuen
Image: Speaking to the Mail in 2019, Yuen said he was ‘scared’ about the prospect of being caned

A spokesperson added: “The foreign secretary, minister for Asia and the UK high commissioner to Singapore have made our concerns about this case clear to the Singaporean authorities, and have appealed for leniency.

“Our staff continue to support the British man in question and his family.”

According to the Mail, the punishment involving a four-foot cane took place on Wednesday, a week after London-born Yuen, 31, failed in his final appeal against his sentence.

His sister Elysia Yuen told the newspaper: “I am amazed that Ming, who’d been so scared, had the physical and mental capacity to get through 24 strokes in one go. [We were] told Ming was very strong during the caning and afterwards too.

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“Ming knows what he did was wrong and deserved to be punished.

“We know it’s a different country with different laws and you should respect those laws, but isn’t a 20-year prison sentence punishment enough?”

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Speaking to the Mail in 2019, Yuen said he was “scared” about the prospect of being caned.

“I’ve heard so many horror stories from fellow inmates who have been caned, of scars left on them, of canes breaking during the punishment and having to be replaced and how, after every few strokes, the caner is replaced to ensure each stroke is of the same intensity,” he said.

“I am preparing for it as best I can. I think about doing breathing exercises between each stroke to help me deal with the pain. I just pray I don’t faint half-way through because I’ll have to return to finish my punishment later.”

According to reports, former club DJ Yuen was first arrested in 2016 over alleged drug trafficking involving quantities of cannabis (69g and 60g) and crystal meth (15g).

Having attended Dulwich Prep School and Westminster School, both in the capital, Yuen moved to Singapore in 2007, the Mail reported.

His family still live in the UK, according to the newspaper.

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