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UPDATE: Singapore Court Dismisses Final Appeal To Halt Execution Of Disabled Malaysian

by Nwani Chisom
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FILE – Activists hold banners against the impending execution of Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, sentenced to death for trafficking heroin into Singapore.

The Singapore Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed a last-minute legal challenge filed by the mother of a mentally disabled Malaysian man in an attempt to halt his execution for drug trafficking, Oyogist reports.

The dismissal would now clear the way for Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam’s tragic Execution which is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

The motion, filed Monday by his mother, Panchalai Supermaniam, argued that Nagaenthran may not have received a fair trial because Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, who presided over his previous failed appeals, was attorney general at the time he was convicted in 2010, creating a potential conflict of interest.

Nagaenthran’s lawyers and supporters also disclosed that he has an IQ of 69, and that the execution of a mentally disabled person is prohibited under international human rights law.

However, Oyogist gathered that the court ruled Tuesday saying “the motion was “devoid of merit” and that no court in the world would allow the matter to be prolonged “ad infinitum.”

“There must come a time when the last word of the court is the last word,” said Justice Andrew Phang, one of the judges.

Nagaenthran was arrested in 2009 for trafficking about 43 grams (1.5 ounces) of heroin into Singapore and was sentenced to death in 2010 under the country’s strict anti-drug laws.

Following the court ruling Tuesday, Nagaenthran asked for permission to hold his family’s hands in the courtroom as a “final wish.”

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