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    Singapore urged to halt hanging of Malaysian drug trafficker

    KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (AP) – Anti-death penalty activists in Malaysia urged Singapore’s government yesterday to halt the execution of a convicted Malaysian drug trafficker this week, the second in less than three months.

    Kalwant Singh, who was convicted in 2016 of bringing heroin into Singapore, is scheduled to be hanged on Thursday, activists said. The execution of another Malaysian in late April sparked an international outcry because he was believed to be mentally disabled.

    The Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network delivered a statement to Singapore’s embassy urging that Kalwant’s execution be suspended to allow him an opportunity to file for clemency.

    It said Kalwant, who was 23 when he was arrested in 2013, had been threatened with violence and forced to make drug deliveries to Singapore to repay a debt, and that factor was not adequately considered during his trial.

    The hanging in April of Malaysian drug trafficker Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam sparked an international outcry because he was believed to be intellectually disabled with an IQ of 69.

    Another Malaysian drug trafficker who was to be hanged in April was given a reprieve pending the outcome of a legal challenge.

    A Singapore activist, Kokila Annamalai, said convicted Singaporean drug trafficker Norasharee Gous is to be hanged on Thursday, the same day as Kalwant.

    She said they are the seventh and eighth executions scheduled this year.

    So far, two people including Nagaenthran have been hanged while four other executions were delayed by last-minute legal challenges, she said.

    Activists protesting the upcoming execution of a Malaysian convicted for drug trafficking at the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PHOTO: AP
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