Malaysia’s Nagaenthran hanged at dawn in Singapore | Death Penalty News


Naga’s mom made a last-ditch effort to avoid wasting her intellectually disabled son, however the case was instantly dismissed.

Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, a Malaysian with studying disabilities who was convicted of drug trafficking in 2010 and whose case attracted international consideration, has been hanged in Singapore’s Changi jail.

Naga, who was arrested after police discovered a bundle of 42.7 grammes (1.5 oz) of heroin strapped to his thigh, was executed simply earlier than daybreak on Wednesday, his household stated.

The Malaysian’s execution got here after the Court docket of Enchantment instantly dismissed an effort by the 34-year-old’s mom to halt her son’s execution. The judges stated her last-minute plea was “vexatious”.

Final month, the court docket known as authorized efforts to avoid wasting Naga’s life a “blatant and egregious abuse” of the authorized course of, and that it was “improper to interact in or encourage final ditch makes an attempt” to delay or cease an execution.

Naga’s case has drawn international consideration to Singapore’s continued use of the loss of life penalty, notably in drug trafficking instances, and sparked renewed debate within the city-state itself.

On Monday, a couple of hundred folks turned out to indicate their opposition to the loss of life penalty, gathering in Hong Lim Park, a small patch of floor within the metropolis centre that’s the solely place the place the federal government permits public assemblies. The Malaysian authorities, United Nations specialists, the European Union, civil society teams and celebrities together with British entrepreneur Richard Branson had additionally known as for Naga’s life to be spared.

“The usage of the loss of life penalty for drug-related offences is incompatible with worldwide human rights legislation,” the UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights wrote in a press release calling on Singapore to halt Naga’s execution. “Nations that haven’t but abolished the loss of life penalty might solely impose it for the “most critical crimes”, which is interpreted as crimes of utmost gravity involving intentional killing.”

Singapore additionally plans to hold Datchinamurthy Kataiah, one other Malaysian convicted of drug offences, on Friday in what the OHCHR stated gave the impression to be “an alarming acceleration in execution notices within the nation”. Abdul Kahar Othman, a Singaporean additionally convicted of drug-related offences, was hanged on March 30, the primary individual to be executed by the nation in two years.

Not less than three different males discovered responsible of drug-related offences, Roslan bin Bakar, Rosman bin Abdullah and Pannir Selvam Pranthaman, are prone to imminent execution, in response to the UN.

Town-state has amended sentencing pointers to permit judges to impose a life sentence in some trafficking instances, offering the defendant meets sure circumstances, as a substitute for the obligatory loss of life penalty. Singapore maintains a few of the harshest drug legal guidelines on the earth and claims the loss of life penalty acts as a deterrent.

Greater than 50 individuals are reported to be on loss of life row in Singapore, the UN stated.

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