Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Father Says Four Strokes Still Barbaric

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Father Says Four Strokes Still Barbaric

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The father of American teen-ager Michael Fay, who is under sentence of caning for vandalism, denounced Singapore's reduction of the boy's sentence.

The father, George Fay, said in Ohio that the reduction from six to four strokes was a ploy to defuse criticism of a "barbaric punishment." The reduced sentence "changes nothing, as far as I'm concerned," he said.

"Obviously, four strokes are better than six," said the elder Fay, an automotive supply company chief executive. "But it infuriates me that they are trying to defuse this issue by such a lame effort as to reduce this barbaric punishment by six strokes to four strokes."

Earlier Wednesday, the Singapore government announced that because President Bill Clinton had publicly commented on the case three times, the Cabinet was recommending that Michael Fay's punishment be reduced from six lashes to four.

"To reject (Clinton's) appeal totally would show an unhelpful disregard for the president and the domestic pressures on him on this issue," a government statement said. …

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