Over the last few months, international outrage has grown over Singapore’s decision to execute intellectually disabled Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam.
His family have reported that his mental condition had deteriorated significantly when they visited him in prison, where he appeared to not fully understand what was happening to him.
The UN body monitoring compliance of the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to which Singapore is a party, has stated that the imposition of the death penalty on people whose mental and intellectual disabilities may have impeded their effective defense is prohibited.
In an unexpected twist, Nagaenthran’s appeal hearing was postponed when he tested positive for Covid-19.
However, he has now presumably recovered and his life is again in peril. His appeal hearing has now been re-set to 24 January and, with other legal claims denied, this could be his last chance to be spared execution.
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