Drug trafficker hanged after apex court denies last-ditch appeal

Marco Green
July 15, 2017

A 29-year old Malaysian Tamil youth convicted in 2014 of drug trafficking in Singapore was executed this morning.

A Malaysian convicted three years ago of importing 22.24g of heroin into Singapore was hanged yesterday at Changi Prison, after his eleventh-hour bid to stave off his execution was denied by the Court of Appeal on Thursday afternoon.

The 29-year-old Malaysian, who is from Johor Baru, was hanged to death at the Changi Prison yesterday and was cremated at the Mandai crematorium in Singapore.

In April 2012, Prabagaran was arrested at the Woodlands checkpoint when authorities found him in possession of 22.24 grams of heroin hidden in his auto.

Prabagaran a/l Srivijayan was arrested in the early morning of April 12, 2012, at the Woodlands Checkpoint after immigration officers found two bundles wrapped with black masking tape - later found to contain the diamorphine - in the centre armrest console of the vehicle he was driving into Singapore.

An application for a stay of execution was filed at the Singaporean Court of Appeal but dismissed on 13 July.

"Furthermore, under domestic law, the death penalty is not mandatory for drug-related offences", the United Nations Human Rights (OHCHR) said.

His application for leave was dismissed by Malaysia's High Court in March, and he appealed to Malaysia's Court of Appeal, which has yet to give its decision.

However, the Judges of Appeal Chao Hick Tin, Andrew Phang and Tay Yong Kwang said the attempt to stop Srivijayan's execution because of proceedings in another country is "an abuse of process".

"The judiciary of each country is entitled to act in accordance with its Constitution and its laws".

"That an appeal was pending in this case in his home country at the time of execution, and that there were serious concerns about the fairness of his trial, underlines a flagrant disregard for due process in profoundly dubious circumstances", said its director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, James Gomez. It is said that 22.24 grams of diamorphine is equivalent to about 1,853 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 265 abusers for a week.

At present, 103 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes and 141 are abolitionist in law or practice.

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