Singapore Executes Second Cannabis Smuggler In Three Weeks

Singapore on Wednesday hanged a man for trafficking drugs, authorities said, in the city-state’s second execution in three weeks.

The man was convicted in 2019 of trafficking around 1.5 kilos (3.3 pounds) of cannabis, Kokila Annamalai of local rights group Transformative Justice Collective told AFP.

Singapore has some of the world’s toughest anti-narcotics laws: trafficking more than 500 grams of cannabis can result in the death penalty.

“A 36-year-old Singaporean man had his capital sentence carried out today at Changi Prison Complex,” a spokesman for the city-state’s prison service told AFP.

Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said in a separate statement that it would not release the name of the man to respect his family’s wish for privacy.

“The person was accorded full due process under the law, and had access to legal counsel throughout the process,” CNB added.

A last-ditch appeal to review the case and stay his execution was dismissed on Tuesday, Annamalai said.

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