Indian origin man executed in Singapore for drug trafficking

Prime News, International, Singapore, July 14:- A 29-year-old Indian-origin Malaysian man was executed on Friday in Singapore for drugs smuggling at Singapore’s Changi Prison Complex.

Prabagaran Srivijayan was sentenced to death in 2014 after he was caught with 22.24 grams of diamorphine while trying to enter Singapore.

According to Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) Prabagaran Srivijayan was arrested in April 2012 at Woodlands Checkpoint in the main causeway to southern Peninsular Malaysia and two packets of the drug were seized from the vehicle he was driving.

Yesterday, Srivijayan’s lawyer, Choo Zheng Xi, on instructions from Srivijayan’s family, asked the Singapore apex court to stay his client’s death sentence on the grounds that his appeal in Malaysia was pending.

Judges of Appeal Chao Hick Tin, Andrew Phang and Tay Yong Kwang called the attempt to halt Srivijayan’s execution because of proceedings in another country “an abuse of process”.

“The judiciary of each country is entitled to act in accordance with its Constitution and its laws,” The Channel News Asia quoted Judge Chao as saying.

The United Nations Human Rights (OHCHR) South East Asia Regional office had called on Singapore to halt the scheduled execution of Prabagaran, and had urged the government to immediately reinstate a moratorium on the use of the death penalty.

The CNB said that Srivijayan was provided full due process under the law, and he was represented by legal counsel throughout the process.

It said that 22.24 grams of diamorphine is equivalent to about 1,853 straws, which is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 265 abusers for a week.

Both Malaysia and Singapore execute murderers and drug traffickers by hanging, a system which dates back to British colonial rule.

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