• Mon. Feb 26th, 2024

For the first time in 20 years, a woman has been sentenced to death in Singapore

For the first time in 20 years, a woman has been sentenced to death in Singapore

Singapore carries the death penalty for some crimes, while anti-drug laws are strict.


Singapore will hang two drug convicts this week, including the first woman to be sent to the gallows in 20 years, rights groups said on Tuesday, calling for an end to executions.

A 56-year-old man convicted of trafficking 50 grams (1.76 ounces) of heroin will be hanged in the Southeast Asian city-state’s Changi prison on Wednesday, local rights group Transformative Justice Collective (TJC) said.

The 45-year-old female convict, identified by the TJC as Saridevi Jamani, will also be sent to the gallows on Friday. She was sentenced to death in 2018 for smuggling 30 grams of heroin.

TJC activist Kokila Annamalai said she would be the first woman to be executed in Singapore since 36-year-old hairdresser Yen Mei Won was hanged for drug trafficking in 2004.

The TJC said the two prisoners were Singaporean nationals and their families had been notified of the execution dates.

Prison officials did not respond to emailed questions sent by AFP seeking confirmation.

Singapore imposes the death penalty for certain crimes, including murder and some kidnappings.

It also has some of the toughest anti-drug laws in the world: smuggling more than 500 grams of cannabis and 15 grams of heroin can result in the death penalty.

At least 13 people have been hanged since the government resumed executions after a two-year hiatus during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rights watchdog Amnesty International called on Singapore on Tuesday to halt the impending executions.

“It is unconscionable that the Singaporean authorities continue to carry out more executions in the name of drug enforcement,” Amnesty’s death penalty expert Chiara Sangiorgio said in a statement.

“There is no evidence that the death penalty has a specific deterrent effect or that it has any effect on the use and availability of drugs.

“While countries around the world are abolishing the death penalty and adopting drug policy reform, the Singaporean authorities are doing nothing,” Ms Sangiorgio added.

Singapore argues that the death penalty is an effective crime deterrent.

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