Singapore will ‘hanged’ a person of Indian origin next week, there is a worldwide protest against the death penalty, what is the crime?
Singapore Indian Origin Man: Malaysian man of Indian origin is to be hanged next week in Singapore, there is a demand to stop this sentence all over the world.
Nagendran K. There is a protest against the hanging of Dharmalingam (Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam Death Penalty)
Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam News
A Malaysian man of Indian origin has been sentenced to death in Singapore. Reacting to the matter, the Singapore government said that the man convicted in the heroin smuggling case knew what crime he was committing. 33-year-old Nagendran K. Dharmaligam is to be hanged on Wednesday in Changi Jail (Indian Origin Malaysian Man). Dharmalingam was arrested in a drug trafficking case at Woodlands Naka on the ‘Causeway Link’ between Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia.
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A bundle of drugs was tied on his thigh. The man was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 for smuggling 42.72 grams of heroin in 2009. Under the Drug Abuse Act, there is a provision of death penalty in case of smuggling more than 15 grams (Death Penalty in Singapore). The matter came to light last month, when the Singapore Prison Service wrote a letter to Dharmalingam’s mother on October 26, informing her about the execution of her son on November 10, Straits Times reported.
The family will meet on November 10
The family has been allowed to meet till November 10. People shared this letter on social media. The High Court also considered the mental capacity of a person to understand the gravity of the matter while committing the offence, the Straits Times reported, citing a statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The matter has raised questions internationally and human rights groups and others have called for the death penalty not to be awarded on the basis of intellectual disability. The statement of the ministry said that the High Court had assessed the evidence of psychologists that the convict had a good understanding of what he was doing.
The accused opposed the sentence
The accused had appealed against the conviction and sentence in the Appellate Court but his appeal was rejected in September 2011. Later he also filed an appeal in 2015 to commute his sentence to life imprisonment but the High Court rejected his application in 2017 and later in 2019 by the Appellate Court (Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam Petition). President Halima Yacob also rejected his mercy petition. A signature campaign was launched on 29 October regarding the pardon of his death sentence and till Saturday morning it has been signed by more than 56,134 people.