Malaysian to be hanged in Singapore after court dismisses appeal
Published: Jul 06, 2022 09:08 PM
A Singapore court on Wednesday ­dismissed a last-ditch appeal by a convicted Malaysian drug trafficker, clearing the way for him to be hanged within hours.

Kalwant Singh, 32, is due to be put to death early Thursday, two months ­after the execution of a mentally disabled man in Singapore sparked international outrage.

Kalwant, who was convicted in 2016 of trafficking heroin into the city-state, had lodged a last-gasp attempt with the Court of Appeal to delay his sentence.

His lawyer sought a review of the case, arguing on Wednesday that his client had provided information that helped authorities arrest a key suspected drug trafficker.

While the death penalty is mandatory in Singapore for trafficking certain volumes of drugs, a judge can commute the sentence to life in prison if the offender acted only as a courier and cooperated with authorities.

One of the co-accused in Kalwant's case had his sentence commuted after he cooperated substantively with investigators.

But a three-judge panel dismissed Kalwant's appeal, citing an affidavit from Singapore's Central Narcotics Bureau stating its officers did not use any information he provided to arrest a suspect.

"We dismiss the application for the stay," Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said during a hearing.

In April, the execution in Singapore of a mentally disabled Malaysian drug trafficker, Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, triggered widespread anger.  

Critics including the United Nations and European Union said that hanging someone with an intellectual disability breached international law.