New hangings bring Singapore executions to 10 in four months

Singapore hanged two drug traffickers on Friday, authorities said, bringing the number of prisoners executed in the past four months to 10, despite international calls for the city-state to abolish capital punishment.

The wave of hangings included the widely criticized execution of a man with limited cognitive function in April, and came after Singapore resumed executions in March after a hiatus of more than two years.

The prisons department said in a statement that Singaporeans Abdul Rahim Shapiee, 45, and Ong Seow Ping, 49, had been executed.

Shapiee, a former ride-hailing service driver, has been convicted of trafficking 39.87 grams of pure heroin, Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has announced.

He said an appeals court rejected his latest request for a suspended sentence.

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Ong was Shapiee’s co-defendant in the same case. He was found guilty of trafficking 51.69 grams of heroin, the CNB said.

Both were “benefited from due process under the law and were represented by counsel throughout the legal proceedings”, the CNB said.

Friday’s hangings brought to 10 the number of prisoners executed since March 30, when a Singaporean was sent to the gallows.

That hanging was followed by the execution in April of Malaysian citizen Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, which sparked international outrage over fears he had “borderline functional intelligence and concurrent cognitive deficits”, according to the group. advocacy Amnesty International.

Two Singaporean convicts were executed on July 7 and two more were hanged within days of each other later that month. Two men – a Singaporean and a Malaysian – were hanged on Tuesday.

“I’m afraid there won’t be any more this year, maybe after the National Day celebrations (August 9),” he told AFP.

Executions this year could exceed the 13 prisoners hanged in 2018, she added.

Singapore has some of the strictest anti-narcotics laws in the world and insists that the death penalty remains an effective deterrent to trafficking, despite pressure from international rights groups for the use of punishment either limited or abolished.

The CNB said capital punishment was part of Singapore’s “comprehensive harm prevention strategy”.

The United Nations says the death penalty has not proven effective globally and is inconsistent with international human rights law, which only allows capital punishment for the most serious crimes. more serious.