British billionaire Richard Branson urged Singapore Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam to engage local activists instead of holding a televised debate on the death penalty. Photo: Bloomberg
British billionaire Richard Branson urged Singapore Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam to engage local activists instead of holding a televised debate on the death penalty. Photo: Bloomberg
Singapore

Britain’s Branson turns down Singapore’s offer to debate death penalty: ‘it reduces nuanced discourse to sound bites’

  • The Virgin Group founder said he had felt ‘compelled to speak out’ about executions in the city state after the hanging of Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam
  • But he declined Singapore’s invitation to take part in a televised discussion on the subject as he felt it would turn ‘serious debate into spectacle’

British billionaire Richard Branson urged Singapore Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam to engage local activists instead of holding a televised debate on the death penalty. Photo: Bloomberg
British billionaire Richard Branson urged Singapore Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam to engage local activists instead of holding a televised debate on the death penalty. Photo: Bloomberg
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