Iwuchukwu Amara Tochi (Tochi), a 21-year old Nigerian was charged for importing into Singapore a controlled drug under section 7 of The Misuse of Drugs Act (Chapter 185). Okeke Nelson Malachy (Malachy), aged 35, stateless, was charged for having abetted the commission of the offence of importing into Singapore a controlled drug under section 7 read with section 12 of the Misuse of Drugs Act (Chapter 185). The Misuse of Drugs Act provides that the death penalty is mandatory if the amount of diamorphine or pure heroin imported exceeds 15g. Tochi had unlawfully brought into Singapore 727.02g of high grade pure heroin worth about $1.5 million.

The appeals of both Tochi and Malachy to the Court of Appeal and to the President for clemency have been turned down. Their sentences were carried out this morning at Changi Prison.

Central Narcotics Bureau
26 January 2007
Last updated on 26-Jan-2007

‘Integrity’ I am going to have go and get my dictionary out and look that word up. Someone must have recently changed its meaning because I see no ‘integrity’ in hanging one man who, as the judge confirmed, had no idea what he was carrying and secretly executing another man without informing anyone.


About soci
Lived in Singapore for 6 wonderful years and has been blogging since 2003, under various names but always on Singaporean issues.


  1. Hi soci, damn shame about your original blog at blogspot. Any theories about who and why your site was hacked?

    Anyway, you beat me to putting up the government’s banner in the blogsphere and commenting on it.

    The silence over the hanging last Friday has been deafening hasn’t it. Typical. Keep quiet. It’ll go away. In a few weeks it’ll be all forgotten. Hmmm… tell that to the families of the guys they hanged. I’ll bet these grieving folks will not forget.

  2. Soci says:


    I actually think I remember someone else, possibly you highlighting the very same issue. ‘Integrity’.

    Is that correct?

  3. Oh yes. I am terrified of that word, and its connotations. I have my dear old dad to thank for that. Dad always told me that if I lost my integrity, it is UNLIKELY that I would ever regain it. People might forgive (also rare) but they will not forget easily.

    Most decent and reasonable folk will forgive relatively easily an “innocent” mistake. Even a “careless” error, a slip of the tongue, a fart in a lift… the sort of things we humans do without intention, and are simply forgotten or settled by an apology and some form of compensation. Decent and reasonable people behave this way, that is how we’ve come this far as a species and prevailed. We haven’t blown each other or the planet up… yet — even though the potential to do so is ever present in modern times.

    However wilfully doing something which is clearly wrong i.e. IMMORAL — meaning: that some sort of [b]private property rights violation[/b] has occurred — in this case the ULTIMATE violation of the right to self-ownership — a DESTRUCTION OF LIFE (murder) by The State — this sort of wilful action is UNforgivable, and UNforgettable, because everyone involved knew exactly what was going on, and YET they decided to proceed when IMO (and many others too) the due process promised to us by State JUSTICE was SLOPPY.

    When a human life is taken unjustly, there is no apology or compensation that can mitigate the pain and suffering it causes.

    “Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” -H. L. Mencken

  4. keith says:

    Integrity?? Singapore?? Not only two Africans but over 800 other people have been murdered by the Singapore government. The last executioner – a Mr D. Dingh (he or a relative may now be working behind the Singaporean Embassy in Australia – in any case his whereabout can be easily resolved) managed to murder over 800 people over his “career” – that is more than the most long lived terrorist group in Europe (ETA) has achieved (and they are in active conflict with the government of Spain! Let us examine the word integrity. In many cases we use an adjective to specify what form of integrity we are speaking about, For example – moral integrity. I found it interesting that the Singapore authorities had to relax the rules of evidence in order to ensure successful prosecution in capital cases. A decision of a government with moral integrity – hardly! Legal integrity – it appears that a son of a person with connections was sentenced to two years in jail for an offence against the drugs laws of Singapore. Similar offences have, prior to this event, always resulted in the murder of the offender by the state-sanctioned murderer in Changi jail. Certainly little legal integrity, less legal consistency, and even less moral integrity. I find that the treatment of the two young Africans prior to and including their murder to have been totally abhorrent and an indication that Singaporean citizens deserve absolutely no respect from other nations. This point of view is hard on the normal Singaporean, but the government exists because they have allowed it to stay in power. I have consistently written to political figures in my country pointing out that in maintaining a relationship with Singapore we are simply tacitly agreeing with the monstrous behaviour of the Singapore government. I personally believe that the only way for Singapore to be made to accept responsibility for its criminal actions is to make it suffer financially. I have seen too many people die in order that the Singapore government can maintain its grip on its people. It is curious that, despite the bleating of Loony Lee, the drug problem has not been resolved in Singapore or in any other nation that practise such abhorrent policies as the death penalty as a deterrent against drug related crime. In Singapore, it is merely not discussed! I consider Singapore a world danger to any traveller – I will never visit again or use any service which is even remotely connected to the Singapore government. I know there are many decent people in Singapore who realise that many aspects of their government can best be described as evil, and that there is little these people can do without the risk of state-sanctioned punishment. However, the Singapore government has declared war against the civilisated nations of this world and it is about time that we respond in a like fashion. A mandatory death penalty is the sign of a country that does not belong in the 22nd century, rather the 10th.

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