Nagaenthran’s case: Appeal against death sentence adjourned, calls to spare his life continue - The Independent Singapore News

Nagaenthran’s case: Appeal against death sentence adjourned, calls to spare his life continue

25/1/2022 3:45:00 PM

Nagaenthran’s case: Appeal against death sentence adjourned, calls to spare his life continue

“It would be a huge step backwards for our society and our political culture if the government ignored the clear and persistent pleas that Singaporeans have made to spare Nagaenthran’s life, and went ahead to execute him...” — Transformative Justice Collective

- Advertisement -Singapore — An appeal from Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, a convicted Malaysian drug trafficker facing execution in Singapore, was adjourned on Monday (Jan 25).Ms Violet Netto, Nagaenthran’s new lawyer, applied for the adjournment,The Straits Times

reported.Nagaenthran, 33, filed an appeal against a decision from the High Court that refused him permission to begin judicial review proceedings to challenge his execution. At the same time, he also asked that the court exercise its power for a psychiatric assessment on him to be carried out.

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Anna Maria Romero - Advertisement - Singapore — An appeal from Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, a convicted Malaysian drug trafficker facing execution in Singapore, was adjourned on Monday (Jan 25). Ms Violet Netto, Nagaenthran’s new lawyer, applied for the adjournment, The Straits Times reported. Nagaenthran, 33, filed an appeal against a decision from the High Court that refused him permission to begin judicial review proceedings to challenge his execution. At the same time, he also asked that the court exercise its power for a psychiatric assessment on him to be carried out. The appeal had been originally been scheduled for Monday (Jan 24), and there is no date set yet for the hearing. - Advertisement 1- Nagaenthran’s case landed in the international spotlight last year, and he had originally been scheduled to hang on Nov 10. But his execution was delayed when he tested positive for Covid-19 on Nov 8. He has been on death row for 11 years. Nagaenthran is said to have an IQ of 69 and to suffer from intellectual disability. He was arrested for drug trafficking when he was 21, and sentenced to death for importing 42.72g of heroin into Singapore. At his trial, he claimed he had been coerced by a man who assaulted him and threatened to kill his girlfriend. Appeals for a stay of execution for Nagaenthran have come from many quarters, including Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, rapporteurs from the United Nations and even celebrities such as British business magnate Richard Branson. Malaysia’s state news agency Bernama reported on Nov 7 that the Malaysian PM wrote to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong requesting clemency for Nagaenthran. - Advertisement 2- Calls to spare his life have been renewed lately, with even British comedian Stephen Fry appealing to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Halimah Yacob for a stay of execution last Thursday (Jan 20). Nagaenthran Dharmalingam faces imminent execution in Singapore despite his intellectual disability. Heartbreakingly, he doesn't fully understand he c'd be killed – thinks he's going home. Please