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Singapore Conducts Fifth Execution in Four Months, Amnesty Says

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Singapore carried out its fifth execution for drug-related crimes in less than four months, Amnesty International said, while neighbors Malaysia and Thailand move to relax punishments for similar offenses. 

Nazeri bin Lajim was hanged Friday for possession of 33.4 grams (1.2 ounces) of heroin a decade ago, the rights group said, as authorities continued to press ahead with executions in March after a lull of more than two years during the pandemic. That compares with four in all of 2019 and 13 the prior year, according to Amnesty data