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Indian-Origin Man’s Death Term Appeal Hearing On January 24 In Singapore

Singapore: The Indian-origin drug trafficker was arrested in 2009 with a stash of heroin. (File)


Indian-origin drug trafficker Nagaenthran Okay. Dharmalingam’s attraction in opposition to his execution can be heard by a five-judge panel of the Singapore’s Supreme Court on January 24, in accordance with a media report.

Nagaenthran, 33, of Indian-origin and Malaysian citizenship, is interesting in opposition to a High Court choice denying him permission to start out judicial assessment proceedings to problem the demise sentence.

The attraction is ready to be heard by a panel comprising Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and Justices Andrew Phang, Judith Prakash, Belinda Ang and Chao Hick Tin, The Straits Times reported on Friday.

Represented by lawyer M. Ravi, Nagaenthran has pleaded to not have the psychological health to be thought-about as a daily drug trafficker. He has even requested the courtroom to have him assessed by a panel of psychiatrists.

Nagaenthran was arrested in 2009 with a stash of heroin strapped to his thigh. He was convicted of trafficking 42.72g of heroin in 2010 and sentenced to the demise penalty, which was then obligatory.

His appeals in opposition to his conviction and sentence had been dismissed in 2011, the newspaper stated.

In 2015, he utilized to be re-sentenced to life imprisonment after the legislation was modified to permit the choice sentence. However, the excessive courtroom upheld his demise sentence in 2017 after contemplating the opinions of 4 psychological specialists.

Last yr, Nagaenthran made an 11th hour try and problem his impending execution on November 10 – once more pleading psychological disabilities. However, on the day of his attraction on November 9, Nagaenthran examined optimistic for COVID-19. The three-judge panel then granted a keep on his execution.

In this interim interval, the listening to bought additional delayed after his lawyer, Ravi – additionally of Indian-origin – was recognized with bipolar dysfunction. The Law Society of Singapore (LawSoc) pressured Mr Ravi to go on depart from December 2 to January 13. Mr Ravi has returned to practise now.

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