Do not increase the life of the hanging!

Nagenthran Dharmalingam. (Photo: Collected)

The death sentence of a convict in Singapore has been postponed due to coronavirus infection. The accused, identified as Nagenthran Dharmalingam, was to be hanged on Wednesday morning. But a local court on Tuesday (November 9th) suspended his sentence for “common sense and humanity” until further notice.

Nagenthran, 33, is a Malaysian national. He was arrested in April 2009 in a drug case. He was sentenced to death by a Singapore court for possessing 42.72 grams of heroin. His execution has been pending for more than a decade.

In a recent letter, the issue of Nagenthran came up for discussion in the international arena. The prime minister of Malaysia, a UN expert, and British billionaire Richard Branson, among others, have called for his sentence to be commuted. However, Nagenthran is getting a chance to live for some more time as he was attacked by Corona at the last minute even though it was not at their request.

The judges met on Tuesday to decide on an appeal by Nagenthran. The lawyer claims that his client is not in good mental health, so Nagenthran’s death sentence should be commuted. However, a day before the execution, the court suspended the sentence on humanitarian grounds as the accused Corona was positive.

Ngenthran’s lawyer M Robbie said they now have a few more days to prepare for the next job. In his words, instead of killing the coronavirus, it gave him (Nagenthran) a chance to live a few more days on this earth.

Singapore has one of the strictest drug laws in the world. From 2008 to 2019, the city-state executed at least 25 people. Most of them were accused in drug cases.


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