Singapore sentences man to death via Zoom for masterminding drug deal

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The sentencing of a man in Singapore to death via Zoom video for his role in a 2011 drug deal has outraged human rights activists who call issuing capital punishment verdicts during the coronavirus pandemic “abhorrent.”

Punithan Genasan, a 37-year-old Malaysian, was sentenced Friday to death by hanging for masterminding a 2011 heroin transaction. But the vast majority of court hearings in Singapore have been adjourned until at least June 1 because of coronavirus lockdowns.

It’s the second known case where a capital punishment verdict was delivered remotely since the pandemic.

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