SINGAPORE: A Singapore court today rejected an appeal against the execution of a Malaysian convicted of drug smuggling, dismissing an argument put forward by his legal team that he should be spared because he was mentally impaired.
Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam has been on death row for more than a decade for trafficking about 42.7gm of heroin into Singapore, which has some of the world’s toughest narcotics laws.
He had appealed on the grounds of mental disability, and his lawyer in a previous hearing had asked for time to arrange an independent psychiatric evaluation.
The courts had previously said Dharmalingam knew what he was doing when he committed the crime.
His plight has attracted international attention with a group of United Nations experts and British billionaire Richard Branson joining Malaysia’s prime minister and human rights activists to urge Singapore to commute his death sentence.-REUTERS