A man in Singapore was sentenced to death for drug trafficking last week via a call on the Zoom videoconferencing app as the country’s courts hold sessions remotely due to coronavirus restrictions.
Punithan Genasan, a 37-year-old from Malaysia, received the death sentence last Friday after being found complicit in trafficking 28.5 grams of heroin in 2011, according to Singapore’s Supreme Court.
The court described him as “the mastermind behind the drug transaction.”
Genasan’s legal representatives confirmed to CNN that the sentencing had been handed down through a Zoom call.
“In line with measures to minimize the further spread of Covid-19, the courts have been conducting hearings, including hearings on criminal matters remotely,” said a Supreme Court spokesperson. “It was the first criminal case where a death sentence was pronounced by remote hearing in Singapore.”
Singapore on lockdown: Many public facilities in Singapore remain closed, although the city-state is slowly entering a phased resumption of business.
Singapore has reported at least 29,364 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Source: CNN News