Due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the first time in Singapore’s history, a judge sentenced a man to death by video conference

A 32-year-old Malaysian man was condemned to dead in Singapore remotely through an application video conference, for having participated in a heroin transaction in 2011.

This is the first case in the city in which video conferencing platforms are used to conduct sessions to issue sentences remotely, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to statements made by a spokesperson for the Supreme Court of Singapore, the hearing was held by videoconference “for the safety of all those involved in the procedure.”

It was the first criminal case in which a death warrant by remote audience in Singapore, the spokesperson added. The lawyer of Punithan GenasanPeter Fernando said his client received the judge’s verdict in a Zoom call and was considering an appeal.

Some organizations defending human rights They have opposed the use of videoconferencing platforms, however Fernando pointed out that the realization of the videoconference did not violate any right of his sponsored because it had only been to receive the judge’s verdict that could be heard clearly.

The severity of the verdict against the accused is framed in the context of the policy of zero tolerance for the crimes related with drugs maintained by Singapore.

“Singapore’s use of the death penalty is inherently cruel and inhuman, and using remote technology like Zoom to sentence a man to death does it even more,” said Phil Robertson, deputy director of Asia’s division of Human Rights. Watch (HRW).

HRW has also criticized a similar case in Nigeria where a death sentence was delivered through Zoom.

With information from Notimex