The decision of the authorities in Singapore to execute a “mentally disabled” person for smuggling heroin has drawn criticism from human rights defenders, who consider the move “inhuman”, according to the ” Washington Post “.
In the details, the man who is scheduled to be executed, is from an Indian family living in Malaysia. He is 33 years old. He was imprisoned in 2009, and his relatives are preparing to come to Singapore to bid him farewell.
The man tried to appeal his sentence, and Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs says he was granted “full due process of law” and noted that the courts had rejected his “attempts to overturn the sentence”. The ministry said he “clearly understands the nature of his actions, and knows right from wrong.”
Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said in a statement that diplomats in Singapore would provide assistance to the family as they came to see him off.
The man was arrested when he was 21, crossing into Singapore from Malaysia with 1.5 ounces of heroin, and was sentenced to death by hanging the following year.
Singapore applies the death penalty for drug trafficking, and at the time, there was no room for a commutation of the sentence, according to the newspaper.
He lost an appeal in 2019 to reduce his sentence to life imprisonment. If he is hanged next week, he will be the first person to be executed in Singapore since 2019.
According to Amnesty International, Singapore is one of only 4 countries to execute drug offenders. In the United States, for example, a person is considered a heroin dealer if they carry more than 2.2 pounds (one kilogram), and federal sentences range from 10 years to life in prison.
Activists say that this ruling is “not in line” with human rights, and that during his trial, an independent psychiatrist diagnosed his condition and said that he suffers from mental and mental impairment, according to the newspaper.
M is stabbed. Ravi, a lawyer from Singapore, who represents 24 other prisoners on death row, in the court’s decision, calls for a stay of execution and annulling the decision.
“He’s like a 5-year-old, he doesn’t talk much, he doesn’t understand what he’s going through, I’ve never seen a case like this, I’ve never dealt with something like this,” Ravi said of his client.
The case of this man received attention in Singapore, where activists collected $14,000 in two days to provide for his family’s expenses, which include flights, hotel reservations, quarantine and other arrangements, including a funeral, according to the newspaper.
In addition, more than 46,000 people signed an online petition, appealing to Singapore’s president to pardon him.