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Liz Truss urged to intervene over Singapore man facing execution

MPs and human rights activists are calling on Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, to use a visit to southeast Asia to intervene on behalf of a mentally disabled man who is to be hanged in Singapore this week for working as a drugs mule.

Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, a 33-year old Malaysian known as Naga, is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, as Truss conducts a week-long visit to Singapore’s neighbours, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

A cross-party group of MPs and peers have written to Truss pleading with her to speak out. The Malaysian prime minister, the European Union and the British businessman Richard Branson have all made appeals for clemency.

Maya Foa, the director of Reprieve, said today: “Naga still faces imminent execution. The stay is only temporary and it makes an intervention by the foreign secretary even more important during this small window of opportunity.”

Read the full story in The Times.