The number of cane strokes in Fay's sentence was ultimately reduced from six to four after United States officials requested leniency. Only Fay, Freehill, Shiu, the two Malaysians and Kirchhoff were later charged. In his first description of the caning, Mr. Common law and any custom or usage having the force of law in Singapore also are in effect according to Article 2. But his description appeared less horrific than accounts of caning in the past. There's all this focus on the perpetrator and his rights, and they forget the fellow is a criminal. Michael took to the life of an expat kid in the Lion City.
That's a good way to stop vandalism. The former Florida State University football player who is facing possible caning in Singapore after he overstayed his visa also had a history of trouble while in Tallahassee. It was not until about noon the next day that the lanky lawyer went to the prison with two assistants to give his client the news. One notable transaction among these actions was their role as advisors to the government on the sale of to overseas interests; a deal in which Fay and Richwhite later bought 31. Later, in 1998, still in Florida, Fay was arrested for possession of and , charges to which he confessed but was acquitted because of technical errors in his arrest.
Michael Fay duly received four strokes of the cane across his bare buttocks on May 5, 1994 at Queenstown Remand Centre. He bent over and his arms and legs were fastened to an H-shaped trestle by straps. Michael's parents later decided that their son should live with his mother. Jayakumar, was quoted as saying on the Law Ministry Web site. Paint was undeniably used to vandalize the cars in question. The Caning of Michael Fay.
The Flogging of Singapore: The Michael Fay Affair. The final appellate court is the Judicial Committee of Her Majesty's Privy Council in London. Fay was one of hundreds who were canned in the early 1990s. The Straits Times , p. That view contrasts with various scientific and straw polls in the island republic that show overwhelming support for the punishment as an effective tool in fighting crime. Singapore: Times Books International, pp. Well, there were several different currents in the United States because there was this backlash no pun intended.
Retrieved from National Archives of Singapore website: ; Chong, E. There were claims too that one of the Malaysian boys suffered a ruptured eardrum. There were various theories, one of which posited that Singapore was stepping into line with the international trend of limiting the application of capital punishment. It is very strong corporal punishment. Most Singaporeans accept their brand of rough justice. In addition to drug trafficking and murder, Singapore also capital punished for armed robbery. In late February 1994, an American teenager Michael Fay studying in Singapore, was charged with 53 counts of vandalism, including spray-painting cars and sentenced to six strokes from a cane made of bamboo-like strips.
In April 2003, a 17-year-old boy was sentenced to 14 years in prison and 24 lashes for stealing cell phones. Trade negotiator Mickey Kantor indicated that the U. However, the Singapore government refused to acquit him, but reduced his sentence to three strokes of the cane instead out of respect for America. He also claimed that he was ill-treated during questioning, but had shaken hands with the caning operative after his four strokes had been administered. Before coming to Singapore, Michael had been in boarding school near Pittsburgh and had lived most of the time with George, stepmother Jan and half-brother Geoffrey.
One man interviewed by the Straits Times complained that he had to refinish his car six times in six months. Singapore: Times Books International, pp. It is a non-party state to the International Criminal Court. America's new ambassador to Singapore took his post Tuesday and said it is time to let the Michael Fay caning case fade away. We are able to keep Singapore orderly and relatively crime-free. The Straits Times , p. A sentencing official may also order caning in cases involving some 30 other crimes.
The extent of public opposition to the caning within the United States is unclear, as opinion polls produced by different news organizations contradicted each other. He said he could not remember making the cry. This is not 'Throw the bums out. What were the final outcomes of the cases? While caning is mandatory in cases of vandalism, rape and weapons offenses, it is also prescribed for immigration violations such as overstaying visas and hiring of illegal workers. They often have to sleep on their stomach for weeks and have difficulty walking.
I'm not sure that we ever knew for sure exactly what the Singapore government's thought processes were in prosecuting the boys for vandalism, but our embassy's best analysis was that Lee Kuan Yew was sending a very Chinese message to Singapore's own students. Singapore: Times Books International, p. But he is not an admirer of the American system. Embassy took up Fay's alleged abuse with Singapore authorities. Which I feel is a good thing. So a lot of Americans felt a lot less sympathy for Michael Fay than we would have if some judge here in America had tried to impose caning on him.