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Singapore denies that executed man was intellectually disabled

Singapore denies that executed man was intellectually disabled

Singapore, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) Singaporean authorities on Thursday reiterated that Malaysian citizen Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, who was executed on Wednesday, did not have an intellectual disability.
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The city-state’s Central Narcotics Bureau argued that having a low IQ does not mean that Nagaenthran had a disability.

Singapore, which has some of the most draconian antidrug laws on the planet, executed the 34-year-old prisoner, who was arrested in April 2009 for smuggling 42.72 grams of heroin nearly three times more than the legal threshold (15 grams) for capital punishment.

Nagaenthran was hanged -Singapore’s method of carrying out executions – at Changi Prison at dawn on Wednesday.

At least 300 people had rallied at Hong Lim Park on Monday to call for the suspension of the executions of Nagen and another Malaysian prisoner, Datchinamurthy Kataiah, also sentenced to death for drug trafficking and scheduled to be hanged on Friday.

On Monday, the United Nations Human Rights Office urged the Singapore Government to halt the executions of the two prisoners, whereas the European Union delegation in Singapore had earlier called for a review of Nagen’s sentence.


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