Singapore authorities defended slack on Wednesday their decision to assemble a Malaysian man convicted of drug smuggling, in accordance with international blacklash over their utilize of the death penalty no topic pleas of mental incapacity.

Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, 34, had been convicted of smuggling at least 42 grams (1.48 oz) of heroin into Singapore, which has among the sphere’s most harsh narcotics criminal guidelines. He modified into hanged on Wednesday morning, after just a few factual challenges and appeals for clemency on the grounds that he had an intellectual incapacity, failed.

His lawyers and activists comprise mentioned Nagaenthran’s IQ modified into found to be 69, a level recognised as an intellectual incapacity.

But Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau mentioned in an announcement his actions were “a deliberate, purposeful and calculated decision,” and reiterated court docket findings that “he knew what he modified into doing.”

The Authorized qualified Overall’s Chambers mentioned in a separate assertion Nagaenthran modified into given a supreme-searching trial and had “exhausted his rights of enchantment and virtually every diverse recourse beneath the law over some 11 years.”

The case attracted international attention, with a neighborhood of United International locations specialists and British billionaire Richard Branson becoming a member of human rights activists to induce Singapore to shuttle his death sentence.

The European Union and Amnesty International were also among several voices that known as the punishment “inhumane” and urged Singapore to impose a moratorium on executions.

The city-utter’s authorities says the death penalty is a deterrent against drug trafficking and most of its electorate reinforce capital punishment.

One other Malaysian drug trafficker, Datchinamurthy Kataiah, is attributable to be done on Friday.


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