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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2040

29 year old Prabakaran Vijayan of Malaysia executed today in Singapore

Kuala Lumpur, 14 July, (Asiantribune.com):

A 29-year old Malaysian Tamil youth convicted in 2014 of drug trafficking in Singapore was executed this morning. It is learned that Prabagaran, who hailed from Johor, was hung to death at the Changi Prison at 6am.

S. Prabagaran's eleventh-hour bid to halt his execution was rejected by the Singapore's Court of Appeal yesterday.

Earlier, the United Nations had opposed the planned execution, with the UN rights body’s Southeast Asia office this week, urging Singapore not to proceed while the Malaysian appeal was still pending.

Amnesty International had raised concerns about the fairness of the trial, including the alleged failure of the authorities “to follow up leads and call on key witnesses that would corroborate his version of events.”

But following the execution, the narcotics bureau said that Srivijayan was “accorded full due process under the law, and he was represented by legal counsel throughout the process.”

Singapore has consistently maintained that the death penalty is an effective deterrent to crime and has rejected calls to abolish capital punishment.

Malaysia also uses capital punishment, executing murderers and drug traffickers by hanging. They system, like that in Singapore, dates back to British colonial rule.

The non-governmental organisation (NGO) We Believe In Second Chances confirmed that the execution had taken place via its Facebook page.

The NGO also thanked lawyers "who have fought for Praba over the years, as well as to everyone who sent their thoughts, prayers, and wishes to the family during the difficult time.”

In April 2012, Prabagaran was arrested at the Woodlands checkpoint when authorities found him in possession of 22.24 grams of heroin hidden in his car.

Malaysian Tamil youth had earlier been found guilty of bringing into Singapore 22.24g of diamorphine, the pure form of heroin, was earlier sentenced to death.

Prabagaran a/l Srivijayan was arrested in the early morning of April 12, 2012, at the Woodlands Checkpoint after immigration officers found two bundles wrapped with black masking tape — later found to contain the diamorphine — in the centre armrest console of the car he was driving into Singapore.

Prabagaran, who had said he was unaware that the two bundles were in his car, claimed trial on a charge of importing heroin of more than 15g, which carries the death penalty.

He was convicted in the High Court on July 22.

- Asian Tribune -

29 year old Prabakaran Vijayan of Malaysia executed today in Singapore
29 year old Prabakaran Vijayan of Malaysia executed today in Singapore
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