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A Singapore court on Tuesday postponed the execution of a Malaysian man of Indian origin after he tested positive for coronavirus, AFP reported. Judge Andrew Phang Boon Leong delayed the hanging, citing “logic, common sense, and humanity”.

Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam was sentenced to death in 2010 after he was caught crossing into Singapore with 42.72 grams of heroin. Dharamalingam had lost a series of appeals. The international human rights groups have claimed that he could not make rational decisions due to low intelligence quotient or IQ.

While the court has previously said that Dharamlingam knew what he was doing, the case will be heard again on the ground that the convict is not of sound mind, BBC reported. Dharamlingam’s lawyer, M Ravi, said that his client was a victim and should be released.

More than 60,000 people have signed a petition urging Singapore’s president to pardon Dharmalingam. The petition stated that execution of a “mentally ill person is prohibited under international human rights law”.

The United Nations on Tuesday said that countries that had death penalties imposed it only in serious crimes, Al Jazeera reported. It added that contraband drugs-related offences did not “meet the threshold” of serious crimes.

“Resorting to this type of punishment to prevent drug trafficking is not only illegal under international law, it…

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