SINGAPORE: In a first, a man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call.
37-year-old Malaysian Punithan Genasan has received the sentence for his role in a 2011 drug deal/
It was the first criminal case where capital punishment has been delivered remotely.
Currently, Singapore is under lockdown to try and curb one of the highest coronavirus rates in Asia.
Several court hearings in the country have been adjourned during a lockdown period that started in early April and is due to run until June 1, while cases considered essential have been held remotely, rights groups say.
Peter Fernando, Genasan’s lawyer, said that his client received the judge’s verdict on a Zoom call and is considering an appeal.
Singapore is a country which has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs. It has hanged hundreds of people, including foreigners, – for narcotics offences over past decades.