NGUYEN TUONG VAN - Please don't hang this man
He now faces execution, possibly within 10 days.
Nguyen's mother fled Vietnam alone in a boat in 1980 and had her twin sons in a transit camp in Malaysia before being accepted into Australia four months later.
Nguyen's Australian lawyers described the decision as "devastating for him, his family and friends".
Lex Lasry QC said Nguyen had always admitted his guilt and given constructive help to authorities including the Australian Federal Police.
"The decision appears to pay no heed to the provisions of the Singapore Constitution that make specific reference and provide for clemency to those who assist the authorities with information which can be used to prosecute others," he said.
Mr Lasry called on the Singapore Government to reverse its decision.
Nguyen was sentenced to death last year after being found guilty by a Singapore court of smuggling almost 400 grams of heroin from Cambodia via Singapore.
Nguyen said he had the drugs because he was trying to raise money to clear debts incurred by his twin brother.
Please write to the President of Singapore Mr S R Nathan and plead clemency for Nguyen Tuong Van. email: email@example.com
Please address the President as Your Excellency and end the letter with Yours respectfully.
As an interesting local footnote to this case, the 'debts incurred by his twin brother' referred to in the third last paragraph are in fact the legal debts of his brother who was recently convicted of murder in relation to the Salt nightclub killings just a few minutes north of my humble abode. (After playing around with Google for a while, I realised that this information was not on the public record, but I have been told of its truth by a reliable source. So there.) Regardless of Nguyen Tuong Van's brother's folly, he - and the rest of humanity - absolutely deserve to be spared the death penalty. So let's get those emails flying Singapore-bound.
UPDATE, 1/11, 11:30am: I was wrong. I was wrong. I was wrong. Having reviewed the evidence, I believe that I was wrong in my claim that the brother of Nguyen Truong Van had a link to the Salt nightclub murder. Having read this piece in The Sunday Age, which refers to Nguyen's twin brother Khao as living in Western Australia, and comparing this with the names associated with the Salt killing (and the fact that they were convicted and incarcerated), I believe that there was no connection between Khao and the killings. A relied on a single source for this information, one that I believed was reliable, but they have proven not to be so. No doubt the Nguyen family have got much much more important things to worry about than my scuttlebutt, but I'm deeply sorry for publishing the misinformation.