A man from Singapore sentenced to death on Zoom call due to coronavirus pandemic

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A judge from Singapore has sentenced a man to death via a Zoom video-conference for his role in a drug deal, this is one of the unique 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 planning a 2011 heroin transaction, court documents showed. On this, a spokesperson from Singapore’s Supreme Court said.


“For the safety of all involved in the proceedings, the hearing for Public Prosecutor v Punithan A/L Genasan was conducted by video-conferencing,” Genasan’s lawyer, Peter Fernando, said he did not object to Friday’s judgment being delivered on Zoom.

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

“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.

Harsh Raj

Saathi News Head Of Editor And Writer Team

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