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Richard Branson Declines Singapore’s Invitation to Debate Death Penalty

Richard Branson 

Richard Branson 

Photographer: Federico Rios/Bloomberg

British billionaire Richard Branson has declined a live televised debate with Singapore’s Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam on the city-state’s drug policy and death penalty. 

“A television debate -- limited in time and scope, always at risk of prioritising personalities over issues -- cannot do the complexity of the death penalty any service,” Branson said in a blog post Sunday.