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 world consideration, has been executed 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 hanged simply earlier than daybreak on Wednesday, his household stated.
Navin Kumar, Naga’s brother, instructed the Reuters information company that the physique could be despatched again to Malaysia the place a funeral could be held within the city of Ipoh.
The Malaysian’s execution got here after the Courtroom of Attraction 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 courtroom 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 world consideration to Singapore’s continued use of the dying penalty, significantly in drug trafficking circumstances, and sparked renewed debate within the city-state itself.
M Ravi, a lawyer who beforehand represented Naga, expressed his grief over Wednesday’s execution on Twitter, saying: “Om Shanti, might your soul relaxation in peace.”
He added, “You might break us, however not defeat us. Our battle towards the dying penalty continues.”
“You might break us, however not defeat us. Our battle towards the dying penalty continues.” Om Shanti, might your soul relaxation in peace. pic.twitter.com/034zpO1ssA
— M.Ravi (@MRavilaw) April 26, 2022
On Monday, a number of hundred individuals turned out to indicate their opposition to the dying 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 experts, 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 dying penalty for drug-related offences is incompatible with worldwide human rights legislation,” the UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights wrote in an announcement calling on Singapore to halt Naga’s execution. “International locations that haven’t but abolished the dying penalty might solely impose it for the “most critical crimes”, which is interpreted as crimes of maximum 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 seemed 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.
At the least three different males discovered responsible of drug-related offences, Roslan bin Bakar, Rosman bin Abdullah and Pannir Selvam Pranthaman, are liable to imminent execution, based on the UN.
Town-state has amended sentencing pointers to permit judges to impose a life sentence in some trafficking circumstances, offering the defendant meets sure situations, as a substitute for the obligatory dying penalty. Singapore maintains a number of the harshest drug laws on the planet and claims the dying penalty acts as a deterrent.
Greater than 50 individuals are reported to be on dying row in Singapore, the UN stated.