Singapore executions toll rises to 10

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Singapore hanged two drug traffickers on Friday, rights campaigners said, bringing the number of prisoners executed in the last four months to 10, despite international calls for the city-state to abolish capital punishment.

Rights campaigner Kirsten Han and other activists identified one of the executed prisoners as Abdul Rahim Shapiee, 45, a former driver for a ride-hailing service who was convicted of trafficking heroin.

His last-gasp appeal for a stay of the sentence was dismissed, according to local media and rights campaigners.

The other man is believed to be a co-accused of Shapiee, but whose family had maintained privacy, Han said. Both are Singaporean nationals.

“We believe that there was a double execution this morning,” Han said on Twitter.

She later told AFP that “there is no reason to believe” the government would have halted the scheduled hanging of the other prisoner at the last minute.

The prisons department and Singapore’s drug enforcement agency did not reply to requests for official comment.

“I am worried that there might be more to come this year, perhaps after the National Day celebrations (on 9 August),” Han told AFP.

Executions this year could surpass the 13 prisoners hanged in 2018, she added.

The spate of hangings included the widely criticized execution of a man with limited cognitive function in April, and came after Singapore resumed executions in March after a hiatus of more than two years.

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