The Australian outrage is so great over the impending execution of Nguyen Van Tuong that the Australian Government is succumbing to pressure totake Singapore to the International Court of Justice to stop the hanging.
Aussie AG Philip Ruddock has set his legal advisors to look into the legal aspects. It seems that PM John Howard, who has been reluctant to pursue the case too vigorously because of close relationships with Singapore, has now taken a renewed interest in the case – probably due to intense public pressure.
Howard has even advised Singapore that Aussies are not going to allow the execution of Nguyen passed unnoticed. This statement is an extent of the Aussie outrage.
The prospects of Nguyen are not necessarily good even with such a step because Singapore may ignore the jurisdiction of the international court over the death penalty. But others argued that since Singapore has taken action before the international court over regional territorial disputes, it would be difficult of rthe island nation to ignore the the court's jurisdiction in this matter.