The reprieve got here a day after the execution of one other Malaysian man in a high-profile dying row case.
A second Malaysian man as a result of be hanged in Singapore this week for drug trafficking received a last-minute reprieve Thursday from the highest court docket.
Datchinamurthy Kataiah, 36, was scheduled to be hanged Friday, simply two days after the execution of a Malaysian man that sparked a global outcry as a result of he was believed to be mentally disabled.
Lawyer M. Ravi, who earlier represented Datchinamurty, stated the Court of Appeal allowed a keep of execution pending a authorized problem on May 20.
Datchchinamurthy is a part of a civil case involving 13 dying row prisoners who’re difficult the jail division’s forwarding of copies of their jail correspondence to the lawyer basic’s workplace with out their consent, anti-death penalty activist Kirsten Han stated.
Ravi and Han stated Datchinamurthy represented himself in court docket Thursday as a result of no lawyer wished to take the case, fearing reprisals from the federal government. Lawyers who tackle late-stage dying row circumstances are sometimes accused of abusing court docket processes in the event that they lose and will should pay hefty prices demanded by the lawyer basic’s workplace, they stated.
Datchinamurthy was arrested in 2011 and convicted of trafficking about 45 grams of heroin into Singapore. Fellow Malaysian Nagaenthran Ok. Dharmalingam was additionally on dying row for over a decade earlier than he was hanged on Wednesday. Singapore’s authorities says its use of the dying penalty for drug crimes is made clear when folks enter the nation.
Nagaenthran’s supporters and legal professionals stated he had an IQ of 69 and was intellectually disabled, and that the execution of a mentally unwell particular person is prohibited below worldwide human rights regulation.
His case drew pleas from the European Union and international figures together with British enterprise magnate Richard Branson to commute his sentence, however Singapore courts dominated he understood his actions on the time of his crime.
Singapore had halted executions for 2 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier than resuming them with the execution of a drug trafficker in March, adopted by Nagaenthran.
“Singapore’s international reputation has already deteriorated significantly with the execution of Nagaenthran,” stated the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network. It urged Singapore to impose one other moratorium on executions and abolish the dying penalty.
It stated one other Malaysian and two Singaporeans additionally face the specter of imminent execution. The group stated all the males got here from weak households and every performed comparatively minor roles within the drug commerce.
“There is no evidence that their deaths will have any effect on the illicit drug trade in Singapore or globally. There is no proof that the death penalty has been an effective deterrent to drug-related offenses,” the group stated in a press release.