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Singapore executes Indian-origin man after court rejects appeal

Updated on: 27 April,2023 08:16 AM IST  |  Singapore
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Tangaraju Suppiah was convicted in October 2018 by a High Court on charges of abetting an accomplice by conspiring to traffic cannabis

Singapore executes Indian-origin man after court rejects appeal

Tangaraju Suppiah. Pic/Twitter

Singapore on Wednesday executed a 46-year-old Indian-origin drug trafficker, a day after his 11th-hour appeal was rejected by a court.

Tangaraju Suppiah was convicted in October 2018 by a High Court judge of a capital charge of abetting an accomplice by conspiring to traffic cannabis. This was by delivering about 1kg of cannabis to himself, an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act. The Singaporean was detained in 2014 for drug consumption and failure to report for a drug test.

A statement by the Singapore Prison Service on Wednesday said that Tangaraju “had his capital sentence carried out today at Changi Prison Complex”, Channel News Asia reported.

A court in Singapore dismissed an application by Tangaraju on Tuesday to have his case reviewed and for his execution to be stayed, according to the report. In a 15-page judgment, Justice Chong explained that Tangaraju had failed to show a legitimate basis for the court to review his case. Tangaraju’s case had drawn support from British billionaire Richard Branson and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, on Tuesday, urged the Singapore government to “urgently reconsider this (Tangaraju’s) execution and to take steps to fully respect the most fundamental of human rights—the right to life”.

Branson had claimed in a blog post that Tangaraju’s conviction did not meet standards and that “Singapore may be about to kill an innocent man”.
Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Tuesday that Branson’s views regarding a Singaporean on death row showed “disrespect” for the country’s judges and criminal justice system.

Tangaraju was sentenced to death after failing to fulfil any of the criteria that would free him from death row. He later appealed against his conviction and sentence but it was dismissed in August 2019, with the court agreeing that Tangaraju had conspired to traffic cannabis and that he had used a phone to communicate with his accomplice, Mogan Valo.

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