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Singapore sentences man to death via Zoom call

A man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via the video-conference platform, Zoom for his role in a drug deal case. This is the first case in the city-state where such a decision has been delivered remotely.

Punithan Genasan, a 37-year-old Malaysian, received the sentence on Friday for his role in a heroin transaction case in 2011.

However, human rights groups argued that pursuing the death penalty at a time when the whole world is suffering odds over the coronavirus pandemic was indeed abhorrent and inhumane.

A spokesperson for Singapore’s Supreme Court said in response to Reuters’ questions saying that the hearing for Public Prosecutor v Punithan A/L Genasan was conducted by video conferencing for the safety of all involved in the proceedings.

Peter Fernando, Genasan’s lawyer, said his client received the judge’s verdict on a Zoom call and was considering an appeal.

Singapore isn’t the first country to issue a death penalty via the Zoom video call during the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier in May, a man was sentenced in Nigeria was sentenced over Zoom to hang for the murder of his boss’ mother, according to the BBC.

– Christo Freddy, NMTV News



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