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Weekly Wraps

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$20,000 for trying to save a life

This week: Lawyers who took on late-stage death penalty cases punished with cost orders, an acquittal from death row, and some chicken woes.

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Singapore deals a blow to same-sex families

This week: Catching up on a new law that bars same-sex couples from adopting, the WP-run Sengkang Town Council gives up on finding a managing agent, and a look at how POFMA has been used.

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Gender equality and National Service

This week: Ng Eng Hen rejects the idea of making women serve NS, lawyers who took on death row cases are still under fire, and a peek at what's going in the Philippines (it involves a Picasso).

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Why won’t lawyers take late-stage capital cases?

This week in Singapore: opposition parties send questions to Shanmugam about legal representation for death row prisoners, and the Archbishop apologises on behalf of the Catholic Church after a prominent member of the order is convicted of sexual offences against two boys.

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Nagaenthran goes home, Datchina wins time

Grief and relief this week as the state executes Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam, a man with an IQ of 69, while Datchinamurthy Kataiah successfully argues for a stay of execution.

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Singapore keeps trying to clear its death row “backlog”

Covid restrictions are being significantly relaxed this coming week! From 26 April, there'll be no more limits on social gatherings and, very importantly, most venues are going to stop requiring TraceTogether/SafeEntry! Subscribe!Tip via Ko-FiSingapore can’t stop scheduling executionsOn Wednesday, Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam’s family received the phone

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A new answer to the succession question

Happy Easter to all who commemorate! I haven’t woken up consistently early to an alarm clock ever since I left school. This past week, though, I started getting up early and going for a jog/walk at 7am. I am proud (and mildly surprised) to report that I haven’

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Over 400 Singaporeans protest the death penalty

Speakers' Corner is open again, and last Sunday over 400 people gathered to demand an end to the death penalty.

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Singapore’s first execution in two years

After two years of zero executions, Singapore hanged Abdul Kahar bin Othman on 30 March, a day after the Court of Appeal dismissed the applications of Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam.

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Edging towards "normalcy"? Covid restrictions loosened

This week: Covid restrictions are loosened, but migrant workers are still being segregated from "the community".