Singapore hangs Bangladeshi man for murder

Singapore hangs Bangladeshi man for murder. The 35-year-old was sentenced to death in December 2020 for the murder of his former fiancee in Singapore

Singapore hangs Bangladeshi man for murder
Singapore hangs Bangladeshi man for murder

‘Capital punishment is used only for the most serious crimes in Singapore that cause grave harm to the victim, or to society’

Singapore hanged a Bangladeshi man on Wednesday for murder, police said. This was the city-state’s first execution this year.

“Ahmed Salim’s death sentence was carried out on February 28, 2024,” Singapore Police said in a statement.

The 35-year-old man was sentenced to death in December 2020 for killing his ex-fiancee, according to the SPF.

He said he was “entitled to full due process under the law and had access to an attorney throughout the process.”

Police said Mr Ahmed’s appeal to the Court of Appeal and request for a pardon from Singapore’s President were rejected. It was the first judicial execution this year, according to local anti-death penalty group Transformative Justice Collective (TJC).

So far, at least 16 people have been hanged, all of them convicted of drug trafficking, after Singapore resumes executions in 2022.

There was a two-year hiatus during the Covid-19 pandemic. TJC said in a statement that Ahmed’s victim was an Indonesian domestic helper named Yati.

“The state’s psychiatric experts determined that Ahmed was suffering from an adjustment disorder when he killed Yati,” the TJC said. The disorder “involves excessive and intense reactions and behavioral changes associated with stressful events that overwhelm the person’s ability to cope,” the report said.

The TJC also stated that while both the prosecution and the defense agreed that he (Ahmed) suffers from a ‘mental disorder,’ the court did not find this alone sufficient to reduce the defense’s liability. The court ruled that it was not sufficient.”

The United Nations, human rights groups and other opponents of the death penalty have called for its abolition, saying it has no proven deterrent effect.

Singapore officials claim this has helped make the country the safest country in Asia.

“The death penalty is only imposed for the most serious crimes that cause serious harm to the victim or society,” the SPF said in a statement.

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