Singapore Court hands death sentence to a drug peddler on a ‘Zoom call’

Convict's lawyer did not object to the verdict being delivered via a video call.

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In a first, a Singaporean Court handed death sentence to a convicted felon through video-link. The convict, Punithan Ganesan, was found guilty of drug trafficking.

He was involved in the smuggling of 28.5 kilograms of heroin in 2011. He was extradited in the year 2016. Following the trial, he was found guilty and sentenced to death via a Zoom call by High Court officials on Wednesday.

The courts have been conducting hearings on criminal matters remotely. In a statement, Singapore’s Supreme Court said that the purpose of remote trials is to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Hence the trials are being held virtually as a precautionary measure.

Ganesan’s lawyer did not object to the verdict being delivered via a video call.

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