Singapore court rejects Malaysian death row appeal | Death Penalty News

Dismissing bid for reprieve, Courtroom of Enchantment accuses Nagaenthran Dharmalingam’s legal professionals of ‘abuse’ of court docket processes.

Singapore’s appeals court docket has rejected a last-minute bid by Nagaenthran Dharmalingam’s legal professionals who argued the Malaysian shouldn’t be hanged as a result of he has studying disabilities.

Dharmalingam was convicted of drug trafficking in 2010 after he was discovered with about 42.7 grammes (1.5 oz) of heroin and his household was resulting from be hanged in November.

His legal professionals had been granted a last-minute enchantment, and argued that the 33-year-old shouldn’t be executed as a result of his IQ of 69 meant he had hassle making knowledgeable selections. They referred to as for an unbiased psychiatric analysis of their shopper.

After an earlier listening to was postponed, the court docket on Tuesday dismissed the enchantment and accused the defence legal professionals of a “blatant and egregious abuse of the court docket processes”.

Nagaenthran’s case has attracted worldwide consideration with the Malaysian authorities, United Nations consultants, the European Union, and civil society teams questioning his sentence. Though the city-state has amended sentencing pointers to permit judges to impose a life sentence in restricted instances as a substitute for the obligatory loss of life penalty, Singapore’s drug legal guidelines stay among the many harshest on this planet.

The UN consultants expressed concern over Nagaenthran’s questioning after his arrest, noting he didn’t have entry to “procedural lodging for his incapacity throughout his interrogation”. Additionally they highlighted that the loss of life penalty shouldn’t be carried out on these with severe psychosocial and mental disabilities.

Activists mentioned that with Nagaenthran’s enchantment dismissed, he might be executed inside seven days.

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