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Malaysian executed in Singapore for drug trafficking

Malaysian executed in Singapore for drug trafficking
A view taken through a vehicle window shows a surveillance camera in front of cell blocks inside Changi Prison in Singapore, May 26, 2009. / REUTERS / File
SINGAPORE: A 31-year-old Malaysian man, Devendran Supramaniam, had his death sentence carried out today at Changi Prison Complex, according to Singapore Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).

In a statement, the Bureau said Devendran was convicted of importing 83.36g of diamorphine into Singapore and sentenced to death on July 29, 2014.

CNB said the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine or pure heroin imported is 15g or more.
Devendran had been accorded full due process under the law, it said.

CNB said his appeal against conviction and sentence was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on May 5, 2015.

On Nov 17, 2016, Devendran's counsel filed two criminal motions in court for a stay of execution and to re-open his appeal.

The criminal motions were heard and dismissed by the Court of Appeal on the same day.

His sentence was carried out today, said the Bureau.

CNB said Devendran was given the opportunity to petition the President for clemency.

The petition for clemency filed by him through his counsel was turned down, it said. --Bernama