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SG court rejects death row appeal of M’sian man with low IQ

The execution is expected to happen within days.

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Nagaenthran’s brother, Navin Kumar, 22 has confirmed via telephone that the execution had been carried out and the body would be sent back to Ipoh, Malaysia.
—- 27 April 2022 10:05AM


Singapore’s top court has officially dismissed Nagaenthran Dharmalingam’s appeal against the death sentence – formally bringing a close to the case which has been ongoing for years.

Malaysian low iq sentenced to death in singapore
Source: EPA(Via BBC)

According to CNA, the 34-year-old Malaysian was sentenced to death in 2010 after he was found to have trafficked 42.72g of heroin into Singapore in 2009 by tying a bundle to his thigh.

Read also: Sabahan Diagnosed With Low IQ Sentenced To Death In SG For Drug Trafficking

His case also caught national attention, with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri appealing to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to spare Nagaenthran from the gallows.

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No more appeals

In response to the court’s decision, Nagaenthran’s ex-lawyer told The Guardian that he would not be lodging any more appeals and that the execution “could take place in days”.

Malaysian low iq sentence to death
Source: CNN

Previously, he had lodged a last-ditch effort by arguing that executing a person with mental disabilities was against international law, adding that Nagaenthran had an IQ level of 69, thus preventing him from making informed decisions.

However, the Court of Appeal flatly rejected it, with Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon saying it had “no factual and legal basis” and added that legal rulings had revealed Nagaenthran was fully aware of what he was doing.

A family left inconsolable

Following the court’s decision, Nagaenthran’s sister Sarmila Dharmalingam told AFP that the family was “devastated by the court decision”.

“We are shocked by the court decision despite my brother … having a low IQ,” she said, adding that the case had been a “harrowing ordeal” for the family.


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