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Singapore Appeal Court Supports Death Penalty for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities | Singapore

The Supreme Court of Singapore has dismissed the final complaint against the death sentence of a Malaysian man with a mental illness. His family said the ruling was “ravaged” and “shocked.”

Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam was arrested in 2009 for trafficking a small amount of heroin to a city-state with some of the world’s strictest drug laws and sentenced to death the following year.

He was originally hanged in November, but the plan aroused criticism from concerns about his intellectual disability, and it was the European Union and British billionaire Richard Branson who condemned the decision. did.

A 34-year-old lawyer filed a final appeal, alleging that the execution of a person with a mental illness violated international law.

However, the Court of Appeals dismissed the objection on Tuesday, saying Singapore’s Judge Sundaresh Menon “has virtually no legal basis.”

Nagaentran has been “due processed” and his defense said “there is nothing to suggest that he is proceeding” and a Malaysian lawyer abused court proceedings and was hanged. Was accused of delaying.

Nagaenslan, wearing purple prison clothes and a white face mask, looked gloomy throughout the proceedings.

MRavi, a human rights lawyer who supports the case, said no further appeals were filed and could be executed in a few days.

Talking to AFP from Malaysia, his sister Sarmila Dharmalingam sobbed, saying the family was “overwhelmed by the court’s decision.”

“My brother … was shocked by the court’s ruling, despite his low IQ.”

She added that his long-standing case was “a terrifying test for us.”

“In this case, I am very worried about the rush hearings and decisions,” said Maya Foa, director of the anti-death penalty campaign organization Reprieve.

“Nagaentran should be protected from the death penalty due to intellectual disability. The tragic fact that he is talking about sharing home cooking with them, believing he will return to his family’s home, is the death penalty. It shows that he does not fully understand that he is facing a lack of mental ability to be executed. “

The complaint was supposed to be filed a few months ago, but was postponed after Nagaenthran was infected with Covid-19.

There have been no executions in Singapore since 2019, but there is growing concern that city-states are preparing to hang several drug traffickers within the next few months.

According to Amnesty International, Singapore is one of more than 30 countries around the world, and drug-related crimes are still being sentenced to death.

Nagaentran was 21 years old when he was 21 years old when he was found to have a bunch of heroin weighing about 43 grams (1.5 ounces) (equivalent to about 3 tablespoons) tied to his thighs when he was about to enter Singapore. I was arrested.

Proponents say his IQ is 69 (a level recognized as a disability) and he was forced to commit a crime.

However, authorities defended his conviction and said the legal ruling admitted that he “knew what he was doing” at the time of the crime.

City-states maintain death sentences for several crimes, including drug trafficking and murder, claiming to help keep Singapore one of the safest places in Asia.

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