Malaysian S. Prabagaran was hung to death at the Changi Prison this morning, according to a report by Star Online.
Quoting the co-founder of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) We Believe in Second Chances, Kirsten Han, Prabagaran’s family was collecting his body following the hanging at 6am today.
The 29-year-old from Johor Bahru was convicted of attempting to smuggle a form of pure heroin into Singapore in April 2012.
An application by his lawyers was dismissed by Singapore’s Court of Appeal on Thursday.
The Court said Prabagaran already received due process, and stated that the application was an ‘abuse of process’, according to Star Online.
His lawyers had put forth the fact that Prabagaran still had an appeal pending in Malaysian courts where, amid concerns the petrol station worker did not get a fair trial, lawyers filed an application to compel the Malaysian government to take his case to the International Court of Justice.
Amnesty International had also released a press statement several days ago, aurging Singaporean authorities to ‘halt the imminent execution of a Malaysian man convicted of importing drugs amid serious concerns about the fairness of his trial’.
Amnesty International’s Director for South East Asia and the Pacific James Gomez said, “The Singaporean authorities must immediately halt his execution before another person suffers this inhumane and irreversible punishment.”
The heroine, weighing 22.24 grams was found in the arm rest of a car he had borrowed to enter Singapore in 2012.
“He has consistently maintained his innocence,” Amnesty said.
The Malaysian Bar Council had also appealed to the Government of Singapore for clemency, a stay of execution and to commute Prabagaran’s death sentence to life imprisonment.
“The Malaysian Bar’s position is that every individual has an inherent right to life,” Bar Council president George Varughese said in a statement on Wednesday. – MO