Singapore plans to hang a man next week for conspiring to traffic one kilogram of cannabis. It is the country’s first known execution in six months.
The case has sparked renewed debate about capital punishment in the Southeast Asian city-state. Activists have expressed concern about the fairness of the man’s trial and conviction.
Tangaraju Suppiah, a 46-year-old death row inmate, is scheduled to face the gallows. He got the death penalty for aiding an attempt to traffic one kilogram of cannabis, according to a 2018 judgment on his case.
Tangaraju is scheduled to be executed April 26, prison authorities announced. They made the announcement in a letter delivered on Wednesday to Tangaraju’s sister, Leelavathy.
Amnesty International condemned the decision on Friday, calling it “extremely cruel,” reports NDTV.
“If carried out, this execution would be in violation of international law and in stubborn defiance of continued outcry over Singapore’s use of the death penalty,” a spokesperson from Amnesty’s regional office told AFP.
Many parts of the world — including in neighboring Thailand — have decriminalized cannabis. Authorities have abandoned prison sentences.
Rights groups have been mounting pressure on Singapore to abolish capital punishment after nation-state executed 11 men last year for drugs. That’s according to local anti-death penalty advocacy group the Transformative Justice Collective (TJC).
Activists and international rights groups have slammed the policies as inhumane.