Crime & Courts

Malaysian Kalwant Singh on death row in Singapore hanged this morning

SINGAPORE: Malaysian on death row Kalwant Singh was executed early this morning in Singapore's Changi Prison, and his remains will be taken back to Cameron Highlands later today.

Kalwant's execution was confirmed by his counsel Too Xing Ji when contacted by Bernama.

"Yes. He has been executed," he said when contacted.

Singapore Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed the final appeal of Kalwant, whose execution was set for today.

Kalwant, 32, has been on death row in Singapore since he was convicted and handed down the mandatory death penalty on June 1, 2016, for drug trafficking.

His conviction and death sentence were upheld by the Court of Appeal the same year.

According to Too, a wake for Kalwant will be held at 38, Sin Ming Drive later in the afternoon.

Kalwant, who hails from Cameron Highlands, Pahang, was arrested in the republic on Oct 24, 2013, and convicted on charges of possession of 60.15gm of diamorphine and trafficking 120.9gm of the drug.

He had filed a criminal motion to the Court of Appeal for a stay of his execution as well as a review of his conviction and sentence.

His stay application yesterday was heard before Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon; Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong; and Justice Tay Yong Kwang via the Zoom platform.--BERNAMA

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