A Malaysian drug trafficker is because of be hanged in Singapore subsequent week, campaigners mentioned Friday, two months after the execution of a mentally disabled man within the city-state sparked outrage.
Kalwant Singh, who was convicted in 2016 of trafficking heroin into the city-state, is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, Singapore-based activists and advocacy group Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network mentioned.
Singapore has confronted mounting calls to abolish the loss of life penalty, however continues to insist that it has helped preserve the city-state one among Asia’s most secure locations.
Kirsten Han, a distinguished Singaporean rights activist, mentioned Singh’s relations knowledgeable her of the upcoming hanging.
“It’s horrifying how the Singapore state doubles down on hanging people for drug offenses time and again, even as research fails to present conclusive evidence that the death penalty actually works the way the Singapore government claims it does,” Han informed AFP.
In April, the execution of the mentally disabled Malaysian drug trafficker, Nagaenthran Okay. Dharmalingam, triggered anger.
Critics together with the United Nations and European Union mentioned that hanging somebody with an mental incapacity breaches worldwide legislation.
Campaigners worry that Singapore is gearing up for extra executions within the coming months.
This yr thus far, seven loss of life row convicts had been knowledgeable they’re to be executed, Han mentioned.
In a BBC interview launched this week, Home Affairs and Law Minister Okay. Shanmugam mentioned Singapore had maintained the loss of life penalty as a result of “there’s clear evidence that it is a serious deterrent for would-be drug traffickers”.
Shanmugam additionally disputed that Nagaenthran was mentally disabled regardless of having an IQ of 69, a stage medical specialists mentioned represents an mental incapacity.
“The courts found that he had the working of a criminal mind, and he made a deliberate, purposeful, calibrated, calculated decision to make money, to bring the drugs in,” the minister mentioned.
“The psychiatrist called by the defense agreed and confirmed that he was not intellectually disabled.”