• Singapore urged to halt Malaysian drug convict’s execution

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    SINGAPORE: Human rights activists have urged Singapore to halt the looming execution of a Malaysian drug trafficker, citing a pending appeal in his home country and alleged flaws in his trial. Prabagaran Srivijayan was sentenced to death in 2012 for trafficking 22.24 grams (0.8 ounces) of heroin, but has consistently maintained his innocence. He is expected to be hanged Friday, according to Amnesty International and other activists quoting members of his family. “The Singaporean authorities must immediately halt his execution before another person suffers this inhumane and irreversible punishment,” James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific said in a statement on Tuesday. Amnesty said the convict’s lawyers have raised concerns about the fairness of his trial, including the alleged failure of the authorities “to follow up leads and call on key witnesses that would corroborate his version of events.”

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