Singapore to carry out another execution for drug trafficking

Singapore hangs Malaysian drug dealer next weekcampaigners said on Friday, two months after the execution of a mentally disabled person in the city-state sparked outrage.

Kalwant Singh, convicted in 2016 of heroin trafficking to the city-state, is due to be executed on Thursday, Singaporean activists and the human rights group Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network said.

Singapore is facing growing calls to abolish the death penalty but continues to insist it has helped keep the city-state one of the safest places in Asia.

Kirsten Khan, a well-known Singaporean human rights activist, said that members of Singh’s family informed her of the impending hanging.

“It’s appalling how the State of Singapore hangs people over and over again for drug-related crimes, even though studies cannot provide conclusive evidence that the death penalty actually works the way the Singapore government claims,” ​​he said. AFP.

In April, the execution of mentally handicapped Malaysian drug dealer Nagaentran K. Dharmalingam sparked outrage.

Critics, including representatives from the United Nations and the European Union, have said that hanging a person with mental retardation violates international law.

Activists fear that Singapore is preparing for more executions in the coming months.

So far this year, seven death row inmates have been informed that they are to be executed so far this year, Khan said.

In an interview with the BBC published this week, Interior and Justice Minister K. Shanmugam said Singapore retained the death penalty because “there is clear evidence that it is a strong deterrent to would-be drug dealers.”

Shanmugam also disputed the fact that Nagaentran was mentally retarded, despite having an IQ of 69, which medical experts consider to represent mental retardation.

“The courts established that he had a criminal psyche, and he made a deliberate, purposeful, verified, calculated decision to earn money, to import drugs,” the minister said.

“The psychiatrist, called by the defense, agreed and confirmed that he was not mentally handicapped.”