Malaysian executed in Singapore for drug trafficking

(NST) – A Malaysian, Abd Helmi Ab Halim, who was convicted of drug trafficking in 2017, was hanged today at Changi Prison.

The execution was confirmed by Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) advisor N. Surendran.

Abd Helmi, who was 36, was arrested on April 9, 2015, and was sentenced to death for trafficking 16.56g of diamorphine on March 24, 2017.

Abd Helmi’s plea for clemency was rejected in July this year.

His counsel, Mohamed Muzammil Mohamed, when contacted today, said Abd Helmi had asked him to help bring his remains home once the execution takes place.

Two days ago, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong urged Singapore to show mercy on Abd Helmi, saying it was unjust and disproportionate for drug mules to be sent to the gallows.

“Justice must be tempered with mercy and I implore Singapore to do so,” he said and added that to eradicate drug trafficking, it is the kingpins and true masters of the trade who must face the full brunt of the law.