Brit, 31, whipped naked in Singapore prison for drug trafficking as UK denounces ‘corporal punishment’

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A former British public schoolboy was stripped and whipped 24 times in a Singapore prison for drug offenses.

London-born Ye Ming Yuen, 31, was tied to a large wooden bench before being brutally beaten.

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London-born Ye Ming Yuen, 31, was whipped 24 times in SingaporeCredit: Instagram
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It was tied to a large wooden bench before being caned several timesCredit: Instagram

He was punished in the “caning room” of Changi Prison where he is currently serving 20 years in prison for his crimes.

The caning of the former Westminster School student came after his second appeal was dismissed by Singaporean courts.

The Foreign Ministry has condemned the brutal beating – which took place despite calls for clemency from Home Secretary Priti Patel, reports the Daily Mail.

Yuen was working as a DJ in Singapore when he was arrested in 2016 for possession and sale of drugs.

According to local reports, investigations revealed that he had started selling drugs to finance his lavish lifestyle and pay off his gambling debts.

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Prison officer demonstrates caning procedure at Changi PrisonCredit: Reuters
Former British public schoolboy pleaded guilty to drug charges

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Former British public schoolboy pleaded guilty to drug chargesCredit: Instagram

He pleaded guilty to trafficking 15 grams of methamphetamine, possession and consumption, and was released on bail.

It was then that he was arrested again for offenses of trafficking and possession of cannabis.

Yuen pleaded guilty to four of the 12 counts on July 18, 2018, and was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison and 24 strokes with a cane – the maximum amount allowed in Singapore.

His fate grabbed the headlines when then Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt raised the matter with Singapore’s Foreign Minister during an official visit in January 2019.

He is currently serving 20 years in the brutal Changi prison in Singapore.6
He is currently serving 20 years in the brutal Changi prison in Singapore.Credit: Rex Features
It's a far cry from his days at Westminster School at £ 41,000 a year

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That’s a far cry from his days at Westminster School at £ 41,000 a year Credit: Alamy

The sister of prisoner Elysia Yuen, 32, told the Daily Mail: “Ming knows that what he did was wrong and deserved to be punished.

“We know it’s a different country with different laws and you should obey those laws, but isn’t 20 years in prison enough? ”

The British High Commission in Singapore said: “The UK strongly opposes corporal punishment in all circumstances and condemns its use in this case.”

At £ 41,000 a year at Westminster School, he had a streak of better exam results before apparently falling into the wrong crowd.

Caning is a widely used form of corporal punishment in the city-state, and the punishment for drug use and trafficking is notoriously strict, including the death penalty.

The “mandatory death penalty” applies to those caught with more than 30 grams of cocaine, 200 grams of hashish or 500 grams of cannabis.

Human rights groups claim the caning in Singapore violates international law and violates the United Nations Convention against Torture.

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