DIKSIA.COM - The Singapore government on Friday (07/28/2023) executed a woman for the first time in 20 years.
According to its records, the Singapore government has executed up to 15 people for drug-related offenses since March 30, 2022.
Most recently, Mohd Aziz bin Hussain, a 56-year-old Singaporean Malay, was executed in Singapore on Wednesday (07/26/2023) for trafficking 50 grams of heroin.
Then there is Saridewi Binte Djamani, a 45-year-old Singaporean woman convicted of trafficking about 30 grams of heroin.
Amnesty International has called on the Singapore government to stop the execution plan.
However, the Singapore government continued to execute Mohd Aziz bin Hussain and Saridewi Binte Djamani.
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera said Singapore's Central Narcotics Bureau said Djamani received a due process under the law.
Djamani, the office said, had access to legal counsel throughout the process.
Had time to appeal
Citing Wake Up Singapore, Djamani has been charged with possession of 30.72 grams of diamorphine for human trafficking.
At trial he argued that most of the diamorphine was not intended for commerce.
Instead, he claimed that the pack, which contained more diamorphine and was said to be of “better quality,” was for his own consumption.
The Singapore Supreme Court rejected his defense and convicted him.
Judge See Kee Oon sentenced Djamani to death on September 14, 2018.
During his appeal, Djamani requested new evidence in the form of a medical report from Dr. Rajesh Jacob.
This request was made with the intention of showing that his mental state was disturbed at the time his testimony was taken.
The matter was then referred back to the Supreme Court Justice to determine whether Djamani suffered from methamphetamine withdrawal in the period immediately following his arrest and whether this affected his ability to provide credible testimony to investigating authorities.