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Man sentenced to death in Singapore on Zoom call

By John Geddie

 

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FILE PHOTO: A view of the Supreme Court building against the backdrop of the skyline of Singapore's central business district May 27, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

 

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A judge in Singapore has sentenced a man to death via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, one of just two known cases where a capital punishment verdict has been delivered remotely.

 

Punithan Genasan, a 37-year-old Malaysian, was told on Friday he would be hanged for masterminding a 2011 heroin transaction, court documents showed, as the country was under lockdown to try and curb its coronavirus outbreak.

 

"For the safety of all involved in the proceedings, the hearing for Public Prosecutor v Punithan A/L Genasan was conducted by video-conferencing," a spokesperson for Singapore's Supreme Court said in response to Reuters' questions, citing restrictions imposed to minimise virus spread.

 

It was the first criminal case where a death sentence was pronounced by remote hearing in Singapore, the spokesperson added.

 

Rights groups have criticised the use of video-calls for capital punishment verdicts, including a case in Nigeria earlier this month which criminal justice watchdog Fair Trials said was the first death sentence to be delivered remotely.

 

Genasan's lawyer, Peter Fernando, said he did not object to Friday's judgment being delivered on Zoom.

 

He said the judge could be heard clearly and as it was the verdict no other legal arguments were presented. However, he said, his client is considering an appeal against the verdict.

 

California-based tech firm Zoom did not respond to a request for comment made via its representatives in Singapore. The Attorney General's Chambers, the public prosecutor in the case, did not immediately have comment.

 

Many court hearings in Singapore have been adjourned during a lockdown period that started in early April and is due to run until June 1, while cases deemed essential have been held remotely.

 

Singapore has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs and has hanged hundreds of people - including dozens of foreigners - for narcotics offences over past decades, rights groups say.

 

"Singapore's use of the death penalty is inherently cruel and inhumane, and the use of remote technology like Zoom to sentence a man to death makes it even more so," said Human Rights Watch's deputy director for Asia, Phil Robertson.

 

Amnesty International's death penalty advisor Chiara Sangiorgio said: "Whether via Zoom or in person, a death sentence is always cruel and inhumane.

 

"This case is another reminder that Singapore continues to defy international law and standards by imposing the death penalty for drug trafficking."

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-05-20
 
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Will they also kill him in some virtual way and watch it on zoom?

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You mean like Secondlife? 😉

 

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Who cares, theyr'e going to die  anyway

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19 minutes ago, saakura said:

Will they also kill him in some virtual way and watch it on zoom?

Many have said capital punishment should be turned into a sort of death match competition and broadcast live on nationwide TV, like the excellent 1987 film The Running Man.

 

We're already pretty much in the dystopian future we had predicted, with police drones out of RoboCop, and the 1984-like COVID-19 measures, might as well go all the way.

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13 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

However, he said, his client is considering an appeal against the verdict.

He will be using morse code smoke signals

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why don't the televise the hangings?  think of the ratings.  always wondered why they don't do this in the States?  slot it in before Monday night football? they evidently have public beheadings in Arab countries.

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3 minutes ago, malibukid said:

why don't the televise the hangings?  think of the ratings.  always wondered why they don't do this in the States?  slot it in before Monday night football? they evidently have public beheadings in Arab countries.

Half time at the Super Bowl maybe?   Bruno Mars and 50 lethal injections.

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Human rights are concerned about the drug dealer who confirmed thousands of people to death and others to a miserable life.

 Human rights need to get there house and priories in order. They make me want to puke at times.

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17 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

"Singapore's use of the death penalty is inherently cruel and inhumane, and the use of remote technology like Zoom to sentence a man to death makes it even more so," said Human Rights Watch's deputy director for Asia, Phil Robertson.

Yes, far better that they be lenient like in the USA and have only 73,000 deaths from drug over doses each year.  I guess the lives of the victims of drug trafficking are not as important as those of the drug traffickers. 

 

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When it comes to hard drug trafficking, this is the only way to go. Good on ya Singapore.

The human rights watch needs to get out of their airrconned offices, stop listening to lawyers & & see what misery these terrible people are inflicting.

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