Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam
Singapore defends their execution of mentally disabled Malaysian man caught with 1.5 ounces of heroin
- 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.
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.