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Mentally Disabled M’sian’s Last Death Sentence Appeal Dismissed By S’pore Court After 13 Years

today29 March 2022


Anti Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) members hold a rally outside parliament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia against the execution of Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam.

Singapore’s top court today dismissed a mentally disabled Malaysian man’s last-ditch appeal against a death sentence, with his family saying they were “devastated” and “shocked” by the ruling.

Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam was arrested in 2009 for trafficking a small amount of heroin into the city-state, which has some of the world’s toughest drugs laws, and handed a then-mandatory death sentence the following year.

He was originally scheduled to be hanged in November, but the plan sparked criticism due to concerns about his intellectual disabilities, with the European Union and British billionaire Richard Branson among those condemning it.

The 34-year-old lodged a final appeal, with his lawyers arguing that executing someone with mental disabilities is against international law.

Protesters voice concerns over the planned execution of of Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam in November last year. The cases of Roslan bin Bakar and Pausi bin Jefridin have drawn comparisons to that of the Malaysian man.

But the Court of Appeal rejected the challenge, with Singapore’s Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon saying it had “no factual and legal…

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Written by: Quinny Tan