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Nagaenthran Dharmalingam biography: 13 things about Ipoh, Malaysia man

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Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam is a Malaysian man of Indian descent. He has one elder sister named Sarmila Dharmalingam and two younger brothers including Navinkumar Dharmalingam.

Nagaenthran was born and raised in Ipoh, Malaysia. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. He is fluent in Malay, Tamil and English. 
  2. On April 22, 2009, he was arrested for trafficking in 42.72 g of diamorphine when he was travelling from Malaysia to Singapore via the Woodlands Checkpoint in Woodlands, Singapore. He told the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers that he knew he was carrying drugs, which a Chinese friend strapped to his thigh to avoid detection. He explained that he committed the crime because he needed money to pay off his debts.
  3. He was 21 years old when he was arrested on April 22, 2009.
  4. On November 22, 2010, he was found guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to death by hanging.
  5. On July 27, 2011, Court of Appeal judges Chan Sek Keong, V.K. Rajah and Andrew Phang dismissed his appeal.
  6. In July 2012, Singapore amended its death penalty laws and designated a moratorium on all 35 executions in the country including his. In January 2013, the amendments took effect. All judges in the country could decide to sentence a drug trafficker to life imprisonment with caning if he was merely a courier or just life imprisonment if the trafficker is mentally ill.
  7. In January 2013, he applied for re-sentencing on account of clinical mental retardation and mental illness and his case was sent back to the original trial judge Chan Seng Onn for review in the High Court. A psychiatric report concluded that he was neither clinically mentally retarded nor mentally ill although his intelligence quotient is only 69.
  8. On February 24, 2015, he tried to ask for mercy on behalf of his conditions of an intellectual disability, a low IQ, impaired executive functioning and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  9. The High Court dismissed his appeals in 2017 and in 2018.
  10. Via his lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam, he filed two separate appeals to ask for the Court of Appeal to commute his sentence. On May 27,2019, Court of Appeal judges Sundaresh Menon, Belinda Ang, Andrew Phang, Judith Prakash and Chao Hick Tin dismissed both appeals and condemned him to hang for his crime. 
  11. He appealed to Singapore’s eight president Halimah Yacob for clemency. On June 1, 2020, his plea was rejected and his death sentence was finalized.
  12. On October 28, 2021, his family in Ipoh received a letter dated October 26, 2021 from the Singapore Prison Service (SPS), informing them that his execution was scheduled on November 10, 2021.
  13. On November 8, 2021, his lawyer M. Ravi argued a last-minute appeal, which was dismissed by the High Court. On November 9, 2021, it was reported that he tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) just 12 minutes after he arrived at the Court of Appeal for his appeal hearing so his execution on November 10, 2021 would not proceed as scheduled. 
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