Singapore’s Court of Appeal, also known as the APEX court, will be hearing the appeal of Malaysian drug trafficker Nagaenthran A/L K Dharmalingam on 24 Jan 2022.
He is appealing against a high court decision which denied him the rights to begin judicial review proceedings to challenge his death sentence.
He was previously sentenced to death for his role in smuggling heroin into Singapore, but was granted a stay of execution in November 2021.
Five judges will hear his appeal and they are:
- Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
- Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong
- Justice Judith Prakash
- Justice Belinda Ang
- Justice Chao Hick Tin.
His defense counsel consists of lawyer, M Ravi.
Original execution date postponed
Nagaenthran was originally supposed to be executed on 10 November 2021 but was granted a stay of execution pending appeal after the High Court dismissed defense lawyer M Ravi’s argument on 8 November 2021 that executing him would be unconstitutional.
Nagaenthran appeared for the appeal for about 12 minutes when it was heard on 9 November 2021 and was taken away.
Subsequently, a judge informed the court that Nagaenthran had tested positive for Covid-19.
According to CNA, one of the judges, Phang was quoted saying that:
“The execution is scheduled for tomorrow… If the applicant has been afflicted by Covid-19… it’s our view that the execution cannot take place anyway.”
Malaysian PM previous wrote to PM Lee
Malaysian PM, Ismail Sabri, had previously wrote in to PM Lee for leniency on Nagaenthran’s case, after previous appeals and presidential clemency were both unsuccessful.
International human rights groups had also called attention to his clarity, as Nagaenthran is said to be disabled intellectually and only had an IQ of 69.
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