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Singapore executes Indian-origin man in drugs case after rejecting mental disability appeal

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Singapore: After his mother’s appeal was refused by the court of appeal on Tuesday, Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, a mentally challenged Indian-origin Malaysian man convicted in a narcotics trafficking case, was killed in Singapore today, according to his family.

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Dharmalingam, 34, was hung this morning, and his body will be sent to Ipoh, a city in northern Peninsular Malaysia, according to Dharmalingam’s brother Navin Kumar, as stated by Bernama News Agency.

In 2010, he was found guilty and had exhausted all legal options. Last November, he was supposed to be hung, but he filed a last-ditch challenge. After his mother’s appeal was denied, the court sentenced him to death.

Dharmalingam was convicted and sentenced to death in November 2010 for smuggling 42.72 grammes of heroin in 2009, when he was captured with the bundle of narcotics strapped to his thigh at Woodlands Checkpoint (a causeway link with Peninsular Malaysia) while entering Singapore.

The mother, who travelled to Singapore from northern Malaysia, was unsuccessful in her last-ditch attempt to preserve her kid.

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“This a last-minute application, brought just two days before the scheduled execution, and is the seventh application (not including appeals) brought by Nagaenthran after his appeal against conviction was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in 2011 more than 10 years ago,” Singapore’s Attorney General’s Chambers said today.

“It is the latest attempt to abuse the court’s processes and unjustifiably delay the carrying into effect of the lawful sentence imposed on Nagaenthran,” it said.

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