37(d) any person who is found to have had in custody or under his control anything whatsoever containing any dangerous drug shall, until the contrary is proved, be deemed to have been in possession of such drug and shall, until the contrary is proved, be deemed to have known the nature of such drug;
37(da) any person who is found in possession of -(i) 15 grammes or more in weight of heroin;…(xxv)… otherwise than in accordance with the authority of this Act or any other written law, shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, to be trafficking in the said drug
SINGAPORE - Singapore says it plans to change the law so that convicted drug couriers no longer receive a mandatory death sentence.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said in parliament Monday that the government will seek to give judges the discretion to give life sentences to drug couriers if they cooperate with authorities in a substantive way or are mentally disabled.
Teo said Singapore would keep the mandatory death penalty by hanging for drug kingpins or distributors.
International rights groups have criticized Singapore's mandatory death penalty for drug couriers as too harsh. Singapore has argued tough penalties are a necessary deterrent to keep crime rates low.
The changes to the law must be approved by parliament, where the ruling People's Action Party controls 81 of 87 seats. - Star Tribune, 9/7/2012, Singapore to end death penalty for drug couriers who help authorities or are mentally disabled (Article by Associated Press)