Against the death penalty: barrister Julian McMahon
Julian McMahon is a barrister working in criminal law, often in homicide and terrorism matters.
In 2002 Julian was working in Melbourne when a distraught mother was brought to his office.
The woman’s son, Van Tuong Ngyuen, had just been sentenced to death, by a judge in Singapore.
Van had been found with a few hundred grams of heroin in his possession as he travelled between Vietnam and Australia.
Julian quickly gathered a team to represent Van. Van was executed in 2005.
Since then Julian has worked on many death penalty cases, the most well-known is that of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran of the Bali 9.
He was with the Australians in Indonesia in 2015 when they were taken to be executed.
Julian is the President of Capital Punishment Justice Project, an organisation working to have the death penalty abolished worldwide; and was 2016 Victorian Australian of the Year.
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