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Pakistani pair set to hang in Singapore for murder

AFP  |  Singapore 

Two Pakistani men face the gallows in after a today found them guilty of murdering a compatriot over a gambling dispute and dismembering the body. Street-side tissue sellers Rasheed Muhammad, 45, and Ramzan Rizwan, 28, were convicted of smothering fellow Pakistani Muhammad Noor to death in their lodging house in 2014, before hacking up the body with saws. The 59-year-old victim's torso and lower limbs were found stuffed in two separate luggage bags in the city-state. convictions in are punishable by death and carried out by hanging. "As the photographs and evidence of the discarded limbs and torso show, both Rasheed and Ramzan acted in concert after the as they did before and during it," High Judge Choo Han Teck said in his judgement. Rasheed and Ramzan arrived in in May 2014, and sold packets of tissue paper for a living. The dispute started after the pair sought to retrieve Sg$1,100 (USD 776) Ramzan had lost to the victim in a card game. After using a shirt to smother the victim, the two men purchased saws to dismember the body. A bag with the torso was found by an 81-year-old man and Rasheed subsequently led police to a second bag containing the legs, documents showed. Defence lawyers for the pair had argued that they did not intend to commit murder, and both blamed each other for the death. Rasheed, a father of eight, and Ramzan, a father of three, will appeal the conviction, their lawyers told AFP. Earlier this month, Singapore's highest upheld the death sentence of a former policeman for double executed four people in 2015, one for and three for drug offences, according to prison statistics. Rights groups have called on to abolish capital punishment, which was carried over from British colonial rule, but the government argues that it is a deterrent to crime.

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First Published: Fri, February 17 2017. 13:57 IST