Kualalumpur: Two drug traffickers in Singapore were sent to the gallows on Thursday, and the total number of executions this year reached four in the country despite growing protests to abolish the death sentence.
The prison authorities handed belongings and death certificates to the family members of the two, Malaysian national Kalwant Singh and Singaporean Norasharee Gous, who were executed on Thursday morning.
Amnesty International said Singapore is among the four countries known to execute people for drug-related offences in recent years. The nation is going against a global trend toward abolishing the death penalty.
Singapore has decided to execute people for drug-related offences yet again, despite widespread public outrage, said Emerlynne Gill, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for research.
The death penalty is not the solution to crime. It can’t be prevented by the death sentence. Gill said in a statement.
One of the culprits, Kalwant, who was found guilty in 2016 and responsible for bringing heroin into Singapore, was the second Malaysian to be hanged in less than three months. He appealed on the eve of execution that he was just a drug carrier and fully cooperated with police in solving the case, which was rejected by the top court of the country.
Despite the protests, the government of Singapore defends its laws against drug traffickers and calls them necessary to protect its citizens from the use of drugs.
Amnesty International urges the Singaporean authorities to suspend the hanging as a step to end this shameful and inhuman punishment.