According to the police, Genasan was found guilty for his role in a 2011 heroin transaction which resulted in the death punishment.
The vast majority of court hearings in Singapore have been adjourned until at least 1 June, when the city's current lockdown period is due to end.
Countries with recorded executions for drug-related offences include China Iran Saudi Arabia Indonesia and Singapore
Aside from the valid criticism of the death penalty being "archaic, inherently cruel and inhuman", as Human Rights Watch told the BBC regarding the Nigerian verdict, it is also deeply concerning that courts are delivering death sentences on video calls, a medium fraught with communication glitches that can hamper the already complicated process of assessing complex factual scenarios, hearing expert testimony, and parsing legal arguments.
Genasan's lawyer, Peter Fernando, told the news outlet that he did not object to the judgment being delivered via video. The country has one of the highest coronavirus rates in Asia, with 29,364 cases and 22 deaths at the time of writing. "We have no complaints", Fernando said Wednesday. Numerous instances are drug-related. It has reported greater than 29,000 virus instances, among the many highest in Asia, however exclusively 22 deaths. It has defended capital punishment as a deterrent for the most serious crimes.
Town-state imposed a partial lockdown in early April after it was hit by a second wave of virus infections sparked by overseas employees residing in crowded dormitories. It plans to gradually lift restrictions next month.More news: Lady Gaga reveals her ‘painful breakups inspired new album
And Amnesty International issued a statement as well, saying that the death sentence of the Malaysian national is a "reminder that Singapore continues to defy international law and standards by imposing the death penalty for drug trafficking".
According to Amnesty International, two persons were executed in Singapore for drug-related charges in 2019, while two others were hanged after being convicted of murder.
A similar case was reported in Nigeria where Lagos judge Mojisola Dada awarded death sentence to Olalekan Hameed in the case of killing his employer's mother.More news: Prince Charles calls for 'army of people' to help pick crops
Human Rights Watch mentioned the dying penalty is already merciless and inhumane, and using Zoom to announce it made it worse.
"It's pretty astounding the prosecutors and the court are so callous that they fail to see that a man facing capital punishment should have the right to be present in court to see his accusers", he told AFP. "At a time when global attention is focused on saving and protecting lives in a pandemic, the pursuit of the death penalty is all the more abhorrent".More news: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen sworn in for second term