Statement in Response to Media Queries

26 Jul 2023

1. The capital sentence of death imposed on Mohd Aziz bin Hussain (“Aziz”) was carried out on 26 July 2023.

2. Aziz, a 57-year-old Singaporean, was convicted of having in his possession for the purpose of trafficking, not less than 49.98 grammes of diamorphine, or pure heroin (total gross weight of not less than 1399.7 grammes).

3. The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine trafficked is more than 15 grammes. 49.98 grammes of diamorphine is more than three times that amount, and is sufficient to feed the addiction of about 600 abusers for a week.

4. Aziz was accorded full due process under the law, and was represented by legal counsel throughout the process:

a. Aziz was convicted and sentenced to capital punishment on 14 December 2017.

b. He appealed against his conviction and sentence. The Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal on 15 November 2018.

5. Aziz’s petition to the President for clemency was unsuccessful.

6. Capital punishment is used only for the most serious crimes, such as the trafficking of significant quantities of drugs which cause very serious harm, not just to individual drug abusers, but also to their families and the wider society. Capital punishment is part of Singapore’s comprehensive harm prevention strategy which targets both drug demand and supply.

Central Narcotics Bureau
26 July 2023