Singapore: Conviction for hanging a person with a mental disability

Singaporean activist groups have flooded the streets

nagaenthran dharmalingam1 death sentence, mental disability, SINGAPORE

A storm of reactions is caused by decision of the Singaporean authorities to sentence a person with a mental disability to death. The reason for the 33-year-old Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam from Malaysia που was arrested in 2009 for smuggling 42.7 grams of heroin into Singapore and who is to be hanged by a court order.

Singapore activist groups have flooded the streets, demanding that the state revoke the sentence, as he is a person with a mental disability.

A psychologist has rated his IQ at 69. In addition, during the trial, the defense argued that he suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder and alcohol use.

M. Ravi's lawyer claims that his client was a victim of drug trafficking and therefore must be released. "She needs help and treatment," he said.

It is noted that at least 60.000 people have signed a resolution calling on the president of Singapore to forgive the 33-year-old, noting the international law prohibiting the execution of mentally ill people.

The government ignores the above indications and claims that Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam "He had a full understanding of the nature of his actions while he never lost his sense of judgment."