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In pictures: Execution vigils

Vigil in Sydney

Australian Nguyen Tuong Van was hanged in Singapore three years after his conviction for drug running.

Coffin is prepared for Nguyen Tuong Van at a funeral parlour in Singapore

Nguyen, of Vietnamese descent, is the first Australian to be executed overseas in more than a decade.

Women light prayer candles during a vigil in Melbourne

In the hours before the death penalty was carried out, hundreds of people in Australia and Singapore held a vigil.

Church service in Melbourne

A church service was held in his home city of Melbourne. A church bell rang 25 times - once for every year of his life.

Vigil in Sydney

In the Australian city of Sydney, people left their offices to join a silent vigil at Martin Place in the financial district.

Khoa Nguyen joins vigil outside Changi prison in Singapore

Nguyen's twin brother Khoa, pictured here in the white cap, joined a vigil at Changi prison where the execution took place.

Mourner weeps during the vigil in Sydney

Australia had repeatedly pleaded for clemency, saying the case had mitigating circumstances.

Woman arranges yellow flowers at a vigil in Sydney

Nguyen said he smuggled the drugs to earn enough to pay off the legal bills of his brother, an ex-heroin addict.

Letchumi Murugesu, mother of Shanmugam Murugesu who was handed earlier this year for drug trafficking, holds a vigil for Nguyen Tuong Van in Singapore.

Human rights activists condemned the execution. Nguyen's family "have been brutalised by this cruel punishment," said Tim Goodwin of Amnesty International.

Supporters hold a candle-lit vigil in Singapore

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