Singapore executes a Malaysian with a disability convicted of a drug case

Singapore (AP) —Singapore executed a mentally ill Malaysian man accused of drug crimes on Wednesday after a court dismissed a last-minute challenge from his mother and an international petition to save him. ..

Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, 34, has been on death row for over 10 years after being convicted of trafficking about 43 grams (1.5 ounces) of heroin to Singapore. The city-state government said the use of the death penalty for drug crimes has been revealed at the border.

Nagaentlan’s family and social activists confirmed the execution on Wednesday.

“With this score, Malaysia can be declared much more humane,” said his sister Salmira Dharmaringam. “About this from zero to Singapore.”

Proponents and lawyers of Naga Entran said his IQ was 69, a mentally handicapped person, and the execution of mentally handicapped people is prohibited by international human rights law.

A court in Singapore, citing the psychiatrist’s court testimony, ruled that he was not a mentally ill person and understood his behavior during the crime.

“The name Nagaenthran Dharmalingam will go down in history as a victim of tragic false accusations,” said Maya Foa, director of the non-governmental organization Reprieve.

“It is unreasonable to hang a man with intellectual disabilities and mental illness because he was forced to carry less than 3 tablespoons of diamorphin, which is a significant international law that Singapore has chosen to register. It’s a violation. “

Nagaenslan and his mother had a fair trial on Monday because it was unconstitutional to proceed with his death sentence and the chief judge who presided over his appeal was the Attorney General when Nagaenslan was convicted. I filed a complaint alleging that I may not have received it. In 2010, the application alleged that it could be a conflict of interest.

The court dismissed the motion as “flirty.”

His family said Nagaentran’s body had been taken to his hometown in Perak, northern Malaysia, where he was preparing for his funeral.

Singapore had suspended executions for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic before resuming executions of drug traffickers in March.

Anyone found with heroin weighing more than 15 grams (0.5 ounces) faces the death penalty in Singapore, but judges can commutate to life imprisonment at their discretion. Attempts to reduce Naga Entran’s ruling or obtain the president’s amnesty have failed.

Global figures such as Malaysian leaders, European Union representatives, and British businessman Richard Branson used the case to seek to save Nagaentran’s life and claim the abolition of the death penalty.


Ng was reported by Kuala Lumpur.