Aside from Mr Branson, statements had been additionally issued by the Delegation of the European Union to Singapore and Australian MP Graham Perrett.
The EU assertion, which was collectively issued on Monday with the diplomatic missions of EU member states, Norway and Switzerland in Singapore, known as on authorities to halt Tanagaraju's execution and commute his sentence to a non-capital sentence.
Mr Perrett, in the meantime, had expressed his views in a Fb put up final Thursday, saying he was "involved that the deliberate execution of Tangaraju violates worldwide regulation requirements".
On Tuesday, MHA reiterated Singapore's "zero-tolerance" stance and what it known as a "multi-pronged method" to tackling drug abuse, which incorporates rehabilitation programmes.
"The demise penalty is a vital part of Singapore’s prison justice system and has been efficient in protecting Singapore protected and safe," stated MHA, including that it’s utilized "judiciously with stringent safeguards".
Singapore has additionally repeatedly stated that the capital sentence has helped stop main drug syndicates from establishing themselves right here.
Final September, Regulation and House Affairs Minister Ok Shanmugam stated Singapore’s coverage of getting the demise penalty for drug trafficking is one that’s within the curiosity of Singaporeans.
He cited a survey performed by his ministry amongst non-Singaporeans from components of the area, the place 83 per cent of the respondents stated the demise penalty made folks not need to visitors substantial quantities of medicine into Singapore.
“If I eliminated the demise penalty, the move of medicine into Singapore might be a lot greater. Your lives, your siblings’ lives, many different lives could be in danger. Extra folks will die in Singapore if we eliminated the demise penalty,” he stated then.
A separate survey by the ministry confirmed that almost 87 per cent of Singaporeans assist the demise penalty.
“So there isn’t an excessive amount of argument inside Singapore. It’s some individuals who maintain repeating the factors,” the minister stated, including that Singapore shouldn’t be alone in capital punishment legal guidelines. The demise penalty can also be in place on the planet’s three largest international locations – China, India and america.
Mr Shanmugam additionally stated that in Singapore, assist is obtainable to drug abusers “who haven’t dedicated every other offence”.