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Thai travelers risk death penalty if they bring weed into Indonesia; embassy warns against it

  • Although Thailand legalized marijuana earlier this month, its neighbor Indonesia warned travelers not to cross into the country with it, where violators could face the death penalty.
  • The Royal Thai Embassy of Jakarta, Indonesia, issued the warning yesterday on their official Facebook page.
  • Violators of the law could face a fine of at least 5 years to life imprisonment, capital punishment or a fine of roughly 2.4 million baht (approximately $67,800).
  • The warning comes amid Thailand’s decision to not only legalize cannabis, but almost completely de-regulate it, with users free to use as much of the plant as they would like for medicinal purposes.
  • Thailand’s government also recently gave away 1 million cannabis plants to encourage cultivation.
  • As the first Asian country to take this step, Thailand’s radical turn gives hope to weed-friendly residents in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia, along with Indonesia.

Although Thailand legalized marijuana earlier this month, its neighbor Indonesia warned travelers not to cross into the country with it, where violators could face the death penalty. 

The Royal Thai Embassy of Jakarta, Indonesia, issued the warning yesterday on their official Facebook page. A cartoon image of a police officer with his hand up and a “do not” sign of a cannabis plant with a red line through it adorned the message. 

Singapore defends their execution of mentally disabled Malaysian man caught with 1.5 ounces of heroin

Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam
  • Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau and Attorney General’s Chambers issued separate statements defending the execution of the mentally disabled Malaysian man caught with 1.5 ounces of heroin in the country in 2009 following international criticism.
  • The bureau said Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam’s actions were “a deliberate, purposeful and calculated decision,” and that he was “capable of manipulation and evasion.”
  • The Attorney General’s Chambers said Dharmalingam was given a fair trial and that he had “exhausted his rights of appeal and almost every other recourse under the law over some 11 years.”
  • Dharmalingam, 34, was arrested in April 2009 after he smuggled 42.72 grams (1.5 ounces) of heroin into Singapore.
  • Dharmalingam, who reportedly has an IQ of 69, was not fully capable of understanding his actions due to his intellectual disability, according to his lawyers.
  • Multiple appeals have been filed to overturn the execution, but the city government believes the death penalty to be a deterrent against drug trafficking.

Officials in Singapore defended the Wednesday execution of a mentally disabled Malaysian man who was caught with 1.5 ounces of heroin in the country in 2009 following multiple court appeals and international criticism.

Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau and Attorney General’s Chambers issued separate statements justifying the execution of Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, 34, on Wednesday.

Mentally disabled Malaysian man to be hanged after Singapore court dismisses final appeal

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Singapore’s Supreme Court dismissed a Malaysian woman’s final challenge to her son’s death sentence, scheduled to be carried out on Wednesday, April 27.

Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, 33, was convicted in 2010 on drug trafficking charges. He was found guilty of carrying 42.72 grams (1.5 ounces) of heroin strapped to his leg after arriving in Singapore from Malaysia and was originally scheduled to be hanged at the end of last year under Singapore’s mandatory death penalty.

Attorneys for Atlanta spa shootings suspect file motion to remove death penalty consideration

Robert Aaron Long death penalty
  • Robert Aaron Long’s defense attorneys filed more than two dozen motions in a Fulton County courtroom on Tuesday, including considerations to keep him off of death row.
  • The judge gave the state until July 30 to respond to the motions. Both sides are expected to go through details with the judge when trial begins in mid-October.
  • Long is accused of killing eight people, including six Asian women, in a mass shooting at three spas in Cherokee County and Atlanta in March 2021. He began his shooting spree in Cherokee County before moving on to two other spas in Fulton County.
  • Long pleaded guilty to the shooting in Cherokee County in July 2021 but did not plead guilty to the shooting in Fulton County. Long was charged with four life sentences without parole for the first shooting incident.

Robert Aaron Long’s attorneys are pushing efforts to ensure the man accused of killing eight people during a shooting spree at three Atlanta-area spas in March 2021 does not get the death penalty.

Long, 23, appeared in a Fulton County courtroom on Tuesday, where his defense attorneys filed more than two dozen motions, including considerations to keep him off of death row. The court proceeding also looked into which motions would require evidence and testimony.