SINGAPORE – Singapore on Wednesday (17/5/2023), back to doing hanging execution to its citizens who are proven to be traffickers ganja . This is the second execution in the last three weeks.
“The 37-year-old man was executed after his last attempt to reopen his case was rejected by the court without trial,” said human rights activist Kokila Annamalai of the Transformative Justice Collective, which advocates for the abolition of the death penalty in Singapore.
“The man, who has not been named because his family has requested privacy, has been jailed for seven years and was convicted in 2019 of trafficking around 1.5 kilograms of cannabis,” Annamalai continued, as quoted by AP.
The defendant’s plea to reopen his case was based on DNA and fingerprint evidence linking him to a much smaller amount, which he admitted to possessing. However, the court rejected it. Under Singapore law, trafficking in more than 500 grams of cannabis can result in the death penalty.
“If we don’t come together to stop it, we fear this carnage will continue in the coming weeks and months,” Annamalai said.
“About 600 prisoners are on death row in the city-state, mostly for drug-related offences,” he continued.
Last year, Singapore executed 11 people for drug offences, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hanging sentence of a Malaysian national believed to be mentally disabled sparked an international outcry and brought the country’s death penalty under scrutiny for violating human rights norms.
Three weeks ago, Singaporean Tangaraju Suppiah, 46, was hanged in the first execution of the year for smuggling 1 kilogram of cannabis even though he was not caught with the drugs. Prosecutors said the phone number traced him as the person responsible for coordinating drug shipments, which he denied.