PETALING JAYA: A 36-year-old Malaysian man convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore was executed in Changi prison on Friday (Nov 22).
Lawyers for liberty advisor N. Surendran said that sources told him that Abd Helmi Abd Halim was hanged at the Changi Prison.
“I am appalled that they have done so despite the intervention and reasonable pleas from the Malaysian government," said Surendran.
He added that Singapore continues to execute drug mules in defiance of international law and decent opinion.
“Executing Helmi does not in any way help in the war on the drug trade. It is also disturbing that Singapore continues to target poor Malaysians in its so-called anti-drug policy, ” Surendran told the Star on Friday (Nov 22).
Abd Helmi was convicted and sentenced to death for trafficking in 16.56g of diamorphine into the island state in March 2017.
His plea for clemency was rejected in July this year. Helmi is from Johor and is married with children.
Law Minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong had this week pleaded with Singapore to show mercy to Helmi.
Several Malaysians have been executed for drug trafficking in recent years, with many more sentenced to face the noose.
Human rights organisations have said that kingpins of the trade continue to ply their trade despite these executions.