Published by: Jeet kumar
Updated Sun, Nov 7, 2021 12:34 PM M. IST
Nagendran K. Dharmaligam was convicted in 2010 of smuggling 42.72 grams of heroin in 2009 and was sentenced to death.
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Dharmalingam was arrested in connection with the Woodlands Naka drug trafficking case on the ‘Causeway Link’ between Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia. A packet of drugs was tied on his thigh. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 for smuggling 42.72 grams of heroin in 2009. There is a death penalty provision for smuggling more than 15 grams.
According to the Interior Ministry, the higher court also considered Nagendra’s mental capacity during the course of the crime to understand the seriousness of the case. The case has raised questions globally and human rights groups and others have called for the death penalty not to be imposed on the grounds of intellectual disability.
The ministry said the higher court had evaluated the evidence from psychologists that the convict had a good understanding of what he was doing.
Allowed to meet family up to 10
The matter came to light last month when the Singapore Prison Service wrote a letter to Dharmalingam’s mother on October 26, informing her that her son would be hanged on November 10. The family was allowed to meet until November 10. People shared this letter on social media.
Campaign of signatures for the cancellation of the sentence
The defendant appealed against the sentence, but his appeal was rejected in September 2011. Later, he also appealed in 2015 to commute his sentence to life imprisonment, but the High Court rejected his request in 2017 and later in 2019 also by the Court of Appeals. President Halima Yacob also rejected his plea for clemency. On October 29, a signature campaign was launched on the pardon of his death sentence and as of Saturday morning it has been signed by more than 56,134 people.