Malaysian death row inmate Nagaenthran Dharmalingam is scheduled to be executed in Singapore next Wednesday (27 April) after the Singapore court rejected the appeal made in March 2022.
His lawyer, M Ravi, said it’s heartbreaking news to hear and claimed that Singapore will never be able to recover from the disgrace it’s going to face internationally in hanging an intellectually disabled person.
“Everything from the beginning is wrong about this case.”
“Even the government psychiatrist at the trial admitted that Nagaenthran suffered from an abnormality of mind. I will say that all Singaporeans will have blood in their hands next Wednesday as the execution is done in their name.” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Nagaenthran’s mother, Panchalai Supermaniam, also made a public plea to help save her son. The video was shared by M Ravi on his Facebook, showing Panchalai making a plea in Bahasa Melayu.
The video was made by a human rights nonprofit organisation, Reprieve.”
“Please help my son, everyone. I’m sorry he has done wrong. Please help, everyone.” Nagaenthran’s mother said in the video.
In another post by M Ravi, Nagaenthran’s lawyers in Malaysia claimed that there is a “serious conflict of interest” relating to Singaporean Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon in the case of disabled Malaysian Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam.
In an open letter to Singaporean attorney-general (AG), N. Surendran pointed out that Chief Justice Menon, who ruled on the case, was also the person who prosecuted Nagaenthran when he was the Attorney General.
“Hence, the subsequent appeals above-stated reveal a serious conflict of interest in which the former Public Prosecutor under whose authority, knowledge and formal participation the prosecution was carried out, presided subsequently over Nagaenthran’s various appeals.”
“On the face of it, this is a very serious disregard of the right to fair trial contained in Article 9(1) of the Singapore Constitution,” he said.
Thus, Surendran said Nagaenthran is “constitutionally entitled to a re-hearing of the matters heard and decided by Sundaresh”.