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Drug Smuggler Executed in Singapore Over Plot

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ByDavid Brown

Jun 14, 2023
Drug Smuggler Executed in Singapore Over Plot
David Brown

Despite requests from the United Nations to halt the execution, Singapore carried out the death penalty for a man convicted of planning to smuggle a kilogram of marijuana into the country from Malaysia. Tangaraju Suppiah was hanged early on Wednesday. Officials in Singapore have denied activists’ claims that the 46-year-old was convicted on weak evidence, even though he maintained his innocence throughout the trial.

Before Tangaraju Suppiah’s execution, his family and supporters had written to Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob requesting clemency. The UN Human Rights Office also called for his sentence to be reconsidered, while UK businessman Richard Branson described the situation as “shocking.”

Inhumane Sentence

The Transformative Justice Collective (TJC), a regional organization that campaigned against Suppiah’s death sentence, reported that he was punished by hanging in Changi prison on Wednesday. Despite these pleas for mercy and international pressure, Singapore carried out the execution.

The Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network condemned the use of the death penalty, calling it “reprehensible.” The organization stated that Singapore’s continued use of capital punishment constituted  “a disregard for international human rights norms” and cast doubt on the nation’s justice system.

Singapore is known to have some of the strictest drug laws globally, and those found guilty of proceeding with more than 500 grams of cannabis risk facing the death penalty. Last year, 11 people were executed in Singapore for drug-related offenses.

Singapore Laws Need to Be Changed

The government of Singapore is strongly convinced that the death sentence is required to safeguard its people and that all those who have been condemned have gotten complete proper procedure under the law, despite Malaysia, a neighboring nation, recently abolishing the death sentence. Officials contend that their severe rules act as a deterrent since traffickers frequently transport quantities that do not qualify for the death penalty.

In spite of the fact that Tangaraju Suppiah was not discovered in possession of any cannabis, the prosecution asserted that phone numbers connected him to the coordination of drug deliveries and resulted in his sentencing. 

UK businessman Richard Branson, the death punishment critic, showed his strong disagreement with the case. He stated that the laws in Singapore have always been complicated, and the government always fails to deliver any reasonable evidence for their execution decisions.

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