Singapore recently executed a woman for the first time in 19 years for drug trafficking.
The woman, Saridewi Djamani, was a 45-year-old Singaporean national, who was convicted of possessing 31 grams of heroin in 2018.
She was hanged at Changi Prison in the early morning, according to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).
She was the first woman to be executed in Singapore since 2004 when hairdresser Yen May Woen was hanged for the same offense.
Saridewi had argued that she had not been able to give accurate statements to the police because she had been suffering from drug withdrawal at the time, but this was rejected by a high court judge.
She was sentenced to the mandatory death penalty, which applies to anyone caught trafficking, importing or exporting certain quantities of illegal drugs like heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine or cannabis products.
Singapore has some of the world’s harshest drug laws and its government maintains that capital punishment works to deter drug traffickers and maintain public safety.
Saridewi was the second person to be executed this week, and the 15th prisoner to be killed since the government resumed executions in March 2022, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Her execution triggered renewed outrage from human rights groups, who called it a “grim milestone” and urged Singapore to abolish capital punishment once and for all.
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