Nagaenthran’s family to sue attorney general’s office


Singapore – Family of Malaysian death row inmate whose case recently gained international attention to bring Singapore Attorney General Lucien Wong to justice over system-reported “negligence” criminal justice.

Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam, 33, who has an IQ of 69 and is said to suffer from an intellectual disability, was due to be executed on November 10, but was temporarily suspended after testing positive for Covid on November 8.

He was arrested for drug trafficking over ten years ago at the age of 21 and sentenced to death for importing 42.72g of heroin into Singapore.

He said during his trial that he was coerced into committing the offense by a man who not only assaulted him but also threatened to kill his girlfriend.

Malaysiakini reported Thursday (November 18) that Nagaenthran’s lawyer in Singapore Ravi MRavi said the lawsuit would be filed next week.

“What I have is the instruction (of) the family to sue AG (Wong) for his negligence and willful disregard.

After warning them about Nagaenthran’s sanity, they should have just stopped and said, “Okay, I’ll get someone to look.”

(There has been a) deliberate disregard for human life. We will continue. Nagaenthran and the family will also claim damages ”, Mr. Ravi reportedly said.

At the same time, the AGC is also demanding that Mr. Ravi remove two Facebook posts for contempt of court, including a live video from November 5 in which the lawyer spoke about the Nagaenthran case.

The MCO also ordered Mr. Ravi to issue a written apology and post it on his social media account by 5:00 p.m. on November 22 (Monday).

The lawyer was cited as saying, “I don’t want to honor the GA (Wong) with a response.”

Calls for the suspension of Nagaenthran’s execution have come from all sides, one from no less than the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Malaysian state news agency Bernama reported on November 7 that Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob wrote a letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong asking for clemency for Nagaenthran.

Activists on both sides of the road pleaded for a stay of execution on the basis of extraordinary circumstances, and a petition on the changer.org platform calling for it to be spared has attracted more than 87,000 signatories.

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Even British business mogul and investor Richard Branson has asked for clemency for Nagaenthran, as well as various human rights groups such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN).

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Read also: The envoy of the SG responds to the UN call for a stay of execution: Nagaenthran “has undertaken a criminal enterprise … despite knowledge of the illegality of his acts”

The SG envoy responds to the UN call for a stay of execution: Nagaenthran “has undertaken a criminal enterprise … despite knowledge of the illegality of his acts”

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