<!-- Do not remove these tags until citations are fully sourced & duly verified by any members of WP:FACT or a reviewing admin -->Shanmugam "Sam" Murugesu
(c.1967 – 13 May 2005) was a Tamil Singaporean
executed for smuggling 1.03 kg of cannabis
. Such offenses carry a mandatory death sentence
under Singapore's Misuse of Drugs Act
Prior to his death, Murugesu's case was publicized by campaigners against capital punishment in Singapore
, which has the highest per capita
rates of legalized execution in the world. His mother campaigned for his sentence to be reduced, defending her son by stating he spent eight years in the Singapore Army
and otherwise had no criminal record. She stated "Give him 5, 10 or 20 years, do not take his life."
Shanmugam had served in other government sectors like the Singapore Sports Council for 4 years. He had also represented Singapore in water sports
events like the 1995 World Championship Jetski Finals in Lake Havasu, Arizona, USA. Before his arrest, Shanmugam worked as a taxidriver and a freelance window cleaner to support his sons and mother. He contributed income to his sister and her 3 children. He did not have any previous convictions except for a minor traffic offence. Murugesu is survived by his wife and two sons.