In Singapore a man has been sentenced to death during a Zoom session Court hearing
Singapore has remained under lockdown because of an increase of Covid-19 infections but this has not prevented various institutions from continuing their functions through the digital platform.
Punithan Genasan, a 37-year-old man, has been sentenced to death after a digital session on the app Zoom for his role in drug trafficking in 2011.
This is the first case where such a sentence through digital means has been handed down in Singapore.
Human Rights groups have expressed dismay that a death sentence has been handed down during the current pandemic and described this as being disgusting.
A majority of Singapore’s Court cases have been deferred to the beginning of June when it is expected the lockdown may be lifted but what are classed to be essential cases are being digitally tried.
Genasan’s Defence Lawyer, Peter Fernando, said his client is considering appealing the sentence.
Singapore has a zero tolerance policy for drugs trafficking. In 2013, 18 persons were sentenced to death, the highest annual total over the last 20 years. Eleven of these involved drugs trafficking.