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Indian-origin man’s death sentence appeal to be heard on Jan 24 in Singapore | World News

Indian-origin drug trafficker Nagaenthran Ok. Dharmalingam’s appeal in opposition to his execution will be heard by a five-judge panel of the Singapore’s Supreme Court on January 24, in accordance to a media report.

Nagaenthran, 33, of Indian-origin and Malaysian citizenship, is interesting in opposition to a High Court choice denying him permission to begin judicial review proceedings to problem the death sentence.

The appeal is about to be heard by a panel comprising Chief Justice (*24*) Menon and Justices Andrew Phang, Judith Prakash, Belinda Ang and Chao Hick Tin, The Straits Times reported on Friday.

Represented by lawyer M. Ravi, Nagaenthran has pleaded to not have the psychological health to be thought of as a daily drug trafficker. He has even requested the court docket to have him assessed by a panel of psychiatrists.

Nagaenthran was arrested in 2009 with a stash of heroin strapped to his thigh. He was convicted of trafficking 42.72g of heroin in 2010 and sentenced to the death penalty, which was then obligatory.

His appeals in opposition to his conviction and sentence have been dismissed in 2011, the newspaper mentioned.

In 2015, he utilized to be re-sentenced to life imprisonment after the legislation was modified to enable the choice sentence. However, the excessive court docket upheld his death sentence in 2017 after contemplating the opinions of 4 psychological consultants.

Last year, Nagaenthran made an Eleventh-hour try to problem his impending execution on November 10 – once more pleading psychological disabilities. However, on the day of his appeal on November 9, Nagaenthran examined optimistic for Covid-19. The three-judge panel then granted a keep on his execution.

In this interim interval, the listening to acquired additional delayed after his lawyer, Ravi – additionally of Indian origin – was identified with bipolar dysfunction. 

The Law Society of Singapore (LawSoc) pressured Ravi to go on depart from December 2 to January 13. Ravi has returned to practise now. 

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