Australia: Mother of heroin trafficker ask for British Queen Elizabeth help

The mother of an Australian heroin trafficker sentenced to death in Singapore has written to British Queen Elizabeth II to plead for her intervention, a lawyer said Sunday.

Singapore has rejected pleas by the Australian government and lawyers to spare the life of Nguyen Tuong Van, 25, who was arrested at Singapore's Changi Airport in 2002 while flying from Cambodia to the southern Australian city of Melbourne with 396 grams (14 ounces) of heroin strapped to his back and in carry-on luggage.

Nguyen's mother, Kim Nguyen, a Vietnamese refugee who lives in Melbourne, wrote a two-page letter in Vietnamese to the queen, who is the constitutional head of state of Australia, which like Singapore is a former British colony.

However, the queen has no power to overturn the Singapore government's decision to refuse clemency.

Nguyen's lawyer, Julian McMahon, said he would forward the letter as soon as he can get a certified English translation.

Kim Nguyen wrote in the letter of the hardship of raising twin boys, Van and Khoa, who were born 25 years ago in a refugee camp in Thailand.

"You and I are mothers. You are our leader. You know a mother's love. Please help and intervene," McMahon read to reporters from a draft translation of the letter, AP reports.

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