Singapore court halts execution of mentally disabled man, 12 years after he tried smuggling heroin

Singapore court halts execution of mentally disabled man, 12 years after he tried smuggling heroin



A court in Singapore has put on hold the imminent execution of a Malaysian drug smuggler who has limited mental capacity.


Nagaenthran Dharmalingam was schelduled to be hanged on Wednesday, November 10 for attempting to bring a small amount of heroin into Singapore in 2009..


In 2009, Nagaenthran, who was 21 at the time, was found trying to smuggle nearly 43g (1.5 oz) of heroin strapped to his thigh into Singapore from Malaysia.


He was sentenced to death despite an assessment by a medical expert that he had an IQ of 69 - a level recognised as indicating an intellectual disability.


But Singapore's government said he "clearly understood the nature of his acts and did not lose his sense of judgment of the rightness or wrongness of what he was doing".






But Malaysian authorities, human rights groups and even billionaire business man Richard Branson took to social media to call for a stay of execution because of Mr Nagaenthran's low IQ.Latest Post
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