SINGAPORE (AP) - An Australian man was executed by hanging
Friday for drug trafficking, Singapore announced, hours after his
lawyer said he had a "beautiful last visit" with his family.
Nguyen, 25, was executed before dawn despite numerous appeals
from Australia for his life to be spared. He received a mandatory
death sentence after being caught with 14 ounces of heroin at the
city-state's Changi Airport in 2002.
"The sentence was carried out this morning at Changi Prison,"
the Home Affairs Ministry said in an e-mailed statement.
Australia scrapped the death penalty in 1973 and hanged its last
criminal in 1967, while Singapore has executed more than 100 people
for drug-related offenses since 1999.