Singaporean drug trafficker hanged for offences

Singaporean drug trafficker hanged for offences


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Singaporean drug trafficker, Muhammad Ridzuan Md Ali, 31, was executed in Changi Prison on 19 May after exhausting all available appeals.

Ridzuan and his accomplice, Abdul Haleem Abdul Karim were found guilty by the High Court in 2013 for trafficking 72.50 grams of diamorphine (heroin) into the country.

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said that such an amount was sufficient to feed the addiction of around 864 abusers for a week.

The Misuse of Drugs Act calls for the death penalty if the amount trafficked is more than 15 grams.

Amendments made to the Act in 2012 allows for the avoidance of the death penalty if the accused had only played the role of a courier, and either suffers from a mental disability impairing an appreciation of the act, or has cooperated with the CNB in disrupting drug trafficking activities.

Haleem, who was a recipient of the pardon, was sentenced to life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane.

This is reminiscent of the Yong Vui Kong case which generated much media attention from 2007 to 2013 where such alterations made him the first drug trafficker on death row to have his sentence reduced to life imprisonment.

Ridzuan had exhausted avenues to the Court of Appeal, the High Court, and even the President, on appeals and pleas of unconstitutional sentencing, clemency, and judicial reviews.

He was hanged in Changi Prison on Friday, 19 May.

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