World: Singapore executes Malaysian man accused of trafficking cannabis

Singapore carries out fifth execution since March

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Singapore executed an ethnic Malay Singaporean man on Tuesday for trafficking cannabis in a case that has sparked international controversy and criticism after the country carried out several executions using controversial procedures.

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The Singaporean authorities are keeping the details of these practices secret and do not provide information on the date of the executions, as indicated by the news portal MalaysiaNow.

Changi prison sources have indicated that only some family members have had access to information about the execution of the man, who was 49 years old and was arrested in 2015 for trafficking cannabis. He was one of 17 prisoners who had filed a complaint against the State of Singapore for racial bias in sentencing.

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The authorities normally notify the families of prisoners who are to be executed by letter and telephone. They inform them of visiting hours and ask them to make funeral arrangements.

This is the sixth execution carried out this year in Singapore. Critics have warned of the climate of terror in which the prisoners are living, especially after some lawyers lost their licenses for trying to help them.

The UN estimates that more than 50 people are at risk of execution in Singapore. The spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, asked the Singapore authorities at the end of April to stop this type of practice and to offer "clemency" to the accused, who could be "commuted to prison sentences and sentenced to prison".

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