A mentally disabled Malaysian man was executed in Singapore on Wednesday, after losing a long legal battle and despite a storm of international criticism and appeals for clemency. The plan to hang the 34-year old, who was arrested in 2009 for trafficking a small amount of heroin into the city-state, sparked widespread criticism due to concerns about his intellectual disabilities, with the United Nations, European Union and British billionaire Richard Branson among those condemning it. Reprieve, an NGO that campaigns against the death penalty, said “hanging an intellectually disabled, mentally unwell man… is unjustifiable and a flagrant violation of international laws that Singapore has chosen to sign up to”.For more on this story visit the News Blog page on the Future Media website.
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