Van Tuong Nguyen

A single flower in the church courtyard fountain measures the strength of community feeling over this morning’s execution of convicted drug mule, Van Tuong Nguyen. It is understated but eloquent, for indeed, community feeling is divided.

Public debate, emotive as it is, lines up as retribution vs rehabilitation. The apparent rehabilitation of Nguyen, enhanced by non-resistance, poise and concern for others around him, has leant more strength to the rehabilitation side than is usually the case.

It is Sir William Deane, previous Governor General of Australia, however, who hit the nub of the matter. Nguyen’s particular case aside, there is no natural justice in a state’s imposition of a mandatory death sentence for any offence. Forget appeals for clemency – there is always sufficient grounds for appeal on the basis of the harshness and injustice of mandatory sentencing that does not allow a court to assess all the circumstances.

Such voices of reason are drowned out however, when community emotions run high. The Australian community joins the rest of the world in paying a high price in the cost of young lives lost to the illicit drug trade. The true perpetrators are adept at avoiding the kind of trial which the naive Van Tuong Nguyen endured.

Today, we pray for all who suffer the effects of the greed of those who drive the illegal drug trade, including the now deceased Van Tuong Nguyen and his family. Posted by Picasa

Published by wonderingpilgrim

Okay Boomer - that I am. But not one of them know-it-all ones! Still learning that the more I know, the more I have yet to learn. What I do know, however, I know well.

2 thoughts on “Van Tuong Nguyen

  1. And of course, the greedy are attracted to the drug trade, because it is lucrative.

    And it is lucrative because it is illegal.

    Here in the US (and I’m sure its the same in Oz), the victims include thousands of young people and famklies destroyed nit by drugs- but by incarceration in jails for victimless crimes.


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