Executions were suspended for two years and resumed last March
Two drug dealers were hanged today in Singapore, uploading to four executions that have become a state in the city since March, the prison authorities announced.
The two convicts, a 48-year-old Singaporean and a 31-year-old Malaysian, were found guilty of trafficking in heroin in the same case dating back to 2016.
The Malaysian had tried to appeal on Wednesday, but it was rejected.
After a two-year moratorium on executions, Singaporean authorities resumed executions in March with the hanging of a drug dealer. The following month, a Malaysian mental patient was executed, also for smuggling heroin, an incident that had sparked international outrage.
The implementation of the death penalty in Singapore is a “blatant violation of human rights”, denounced the Emerlyn Gill Amnesty International Asia Officer. She called on the Singapore government to “end this shameful and inhumane punishment”.
In a recent interview with the BBC, the Minister of Justice and Home Affairs of Singapore K. Sanmugam defended the application of the death penalty, saying that “it has been clearly demonstrated that it is a serious deterrent to would-be drug traffickers”.
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