Malaysian convicted of drug trafficking hanged in Singapore

Abd Helmi Ab Halim was hanged at the Changi Prison today after being convicted of drug trafficking in 2017.

SINGAPORE: A Malaysian, Abd Helmi Ab Halim, was hanged today at the Changi Prison after being convicted of drug trafficking in 2017.

The execution was confirmed by Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) adviser N Surendran.

Helmi, who was 36, was arrested on April 9, 2015, and was sentenced to death for trafficking in 16.56gm of diamorphine on March 24, 2017.

Helmi’s plea for clemency was rejected in July this year.

His counsel, Mohamed Muzammil Mohamed, when contacted by Bernama today, said Helmi had asked him to help bring his remains home once the execution takes place.

“There is a plan to bring his remains to his kampung in Johor. But, as we are speaking, nobody from the family has contacted me,” he said.

Two days ago, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong urged Singapore to show mercy on Helmi, saying it is unjust and disproportionate for drug mules to be sent to the gallows.

“Justice must be tempered with mercy and I implore Singapore to do so,” he said and added that to eradicate drug trafficking, it is the kingpins and true masters of the trade who must face the full brunt of the law.