Malaysian drug trafficker Punithan Genasan was Friday sentenced to hang in a hearing conducted remotely due to restrictions in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus, court officials said. The Supreme Court said that the hearing was conducted remotely "for the safety of all involved in the proceedings". It should be abolished.” —/TISG, Read also: Ministry of Home Affairs is surveying Singaporeans on death penalty, Ministry of Home Affairs is surveying Singaporeans on death penalty, © The Independent News & Media Pte Ltd, Singapore, First death sentence via Zoom in Singapore, Human rights organisations have protested the sentencing of Mr. Mr Genasan’s hearing proceeded via video conferencing. Refunds of donations. This distinction belongs to Nigeria, where Olalekan Hameed was sentenced by Lagos judge Mojisola Dada to death by hanging for the murder of the mother of his employer, earlier this month. 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And Amnesty International issued a statement as well, saying that the death sentence of the Malaysian national is a “reminder that Singapore continues to defy international law and standards by imposing the death penalty for drug trafficking. The government does not normally publish statistics about death sentences or executions, however on rare occasions it has made information about executions available to journalists or in response to a parliamentary question. In December 2018, Mr Hameed had pleaded not guilty to the murder of 76-year-old Jolasun Okunsanya. Whether via Zoom or in person, a death sentence is always cruel and inhumane. Singapore sentences man to death via Zoom call This article is more than 3 months old. At a time when the global attention is focused on saving and protecting lives in a pandemic, the pursuit of the death penalty is all the more abhorrent.”. Malaysian drug trafficker Punithan Genasan was Friday sentenced to hang in a hearing conducted remotely due to restrictions in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus, court officials said. The decision was communicated “by video-conferencing” on Friday 15 May 2020. Singapore says the death penalty is necessary as a deterrent against crime although rights groups have long called for it to be abolished (AFP Photo/Roslan RAHMAN), Amy Coney Barrett Should Recuse Herself on Abortion Cases, US to execute first woman in almost 70 years, Airlines face tough winter as hoped-for pick-up fails to materialise, Singapore's world-first face scan plan sparks privacy fears, Itchy Dog? "The death penalty is inherently cruel and inhumane, and Singapore's use of remote technology like Zoom to sentence a man to death makes it even more so," said the group's deputy Asia director Phil Robertson. The man’s lawyer confirmed that this sentencing hearing was conducted via Zoom. It is high time the government reviewed its draconian approach and abolished the death penalty once and for all. The Supreme Court said that it was the first criminal case where a death sentence was handed down in a remote hearing. On 20 May 2020, a spokesperson for Singapore’s Supreme Court confirmed that a Malaysian national received a death sentence for his conviction on drugs trafficking charges. “All death penalty will be abolished. 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UN rights experts urge Nigeria to lift singer's death sentence over allegedly blasphemous song Sep 28, 2020, 8:45 pm Indian expats in race to save nurse on Yemen death row The 37-year-old had been found guilty over the trafficking of at least 28.5 grams (1.0 ounce) of heroin, a crime punishable by death under the city-state's tough anti-drugs laws. Singapore Judge Issues Death Sentence by Zoom. Singapore —Thirty-seven-year-old Punithan Genasan has become the first individual to receive a death sentence via Zoom call. The city-state managed to keep its outbreak in check in the early stages but was hit by a second wave of infections, mainly affecting low-paid migrant workers in crowded dormitories. Cookie Statement

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