British former public schoolboy brutally caned naked for drug offences

A British former public schoolboy was brutally caned naked for drug offences in Singapore, sparking a diplomatic row.

Now 31, the London-born man who went to Westminster School was caned 24 times while being strapped to a large wooden trestle, reports Daily Mail.

Ye Ming Yuen was punished after he lost his last appeal at the sentence – the Foreign Office has condemned the horrific punishment.

Despite calls for leniency by Home Secretary Priti Patel and ex-foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt for the Brit, who was born and raised in London, he faced the judicial corporate punishment.

The Foreign Office spoke out against the decision to lash Yuen's bare buttocks with a 4ft rattan cane, reports the news outlet.

The 31-year-old was caned in the city-state's Changi Prison.

He is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for drug offences.

Yesterday, his sister Elysia Yuen, 32, said: "I am amazed that Ming, who'd been so scared, had the physical and mental capacity to get through 24 strokes in one go. [We were] told Ming was very strong during the caning and afterwards too.

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"Ming knows what he did was wrong and deserved to be punished. We know it's a different country with different laws and you should respect those laws, but isn't a 20-year prison sentence punishment enough?"

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

According to human rights groups, the use of the cane breaches the UN Convention Against Torture.

Yuen was first arrested in August 2016 over drug offences, this includes two counts of "repeat drug trafficking" – one of 69g and one of 60g of cannabis. Another offence included drug trafficking of 15g of crystal meth.

The rules around caning in Singapore make it mandatory for dozens of offences.

People over the age of 16 and below 50 are caned.

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