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Singapore comes under fire for an order to execute a mentally ill Malaysian

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Lawyers for Liberty argue that Singapore should not execute Sabahan Pausi Jefridin because he is mentally disabled and has an IQ below 70, says a Malaysian portal.

In 2008, Pausi and Singaporean Roslan Bakar were charged with drug trafficking into the city-state.

According to the lawyer’s group, the case is similar to Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam’s, which is still pending in court.

Nagaenthran, a Malaysian who is appealing his death sentence for drug trafficking, will be informed of his fate between February 21 and March 4.

His application to set aside his death sentence was to have been heard by a five-member Singapore Court of Appeal.

“It is unacceptable to carry out this execution while the courts have yet to decide on the critical legal and constitutional issues surrounding the execution of mentally disabled persons,” LFL said in a statement issued by lawyers Zaid Malek and Mahajoth Singh.

In 2008, Pausi was charged alongside Singaporean Roslan Bakar.

They lost an appeal in 2017 to have their death sentence commuted to life imprisonment, despite lawyers citing medical reports on their intellectual abilities, which would make their execution illegal under Singapore law and international treaties.

They are scheduled to be hanged on February 16, a date that was given to their families on February 9.

According to LFL, the short notice period had made it difficult for Pausi’s family to travel to the city-state due to the strict restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Great attention

Nagaenthran’s case has received a great deal of attention, owing largely to his lawyers’ claim that he is intellectually challenged.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah (King of Malaysia) was among the leaders who wrote to Singaporean authorities, pleading for clemency for Nagaenthran.

However, Singapore insists the Perak native was given full due process under the law.

Nagaenthran was arrested in Singapore on April 22, 2009, for smuggling 42.72gm of diamorphine and sentenced to death on November 22, 2010 by the Singapore High Court.

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