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Nagaenthran’s mother begs for his life as execution in Singapore looms

She apologises for his wrongdoing and calls on all quarters to help.

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Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam’s mother has issued a plea for her son’s life, less than a week away from his date of execution at Changi prison in Singapore.

“Nagaenthran. Selamatkan dia. Baru hati senang. Minta maaf dia sudah salah. Semua orang tolong,” Panchalai Supermaniam said in a short video by UK-based rights group Reprieve.

(Nagaenthran. Save him. I will be relieved once Nagaenthran is safe. I am sorry that he has done wrong. Everyone, please help.)

Nagaenthran is scheduled to be executed on April 27 after losing multiple attempts to halt the death sentence handed down to him in 2010 for trafficking a small amount of heroin into Singapore.

Supporters say Nagaenthran has an IQ of 69 – a level recognised as a disability – and was coerced into committing the crime.

He was scheduled to be hanged in November last year but the verdict sparked criticism due to concerns he has intellectual disabilities, with the European Union and British billionaire Richard Branson among those condemning the decision.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob were among Malaysian government leaders who had also written to Singapore authorities asking for leniency on behalf of Nagaenthran.

Nagaenthran’s latest petition for clemency was rejected on March 31, two days after the Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal against his death sentence.

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