Roughly half a year ago, civil society groups in Malaysia and Singapore came together to appeal for clemency for Kho Jabing, a Sarawakian on death row in the island state who was recently rescheduled for execution.
On 13 May 2016, the family was notified that Kho Jabing would be executed on 20 May 2016.
This came as a shock to the family and activists who had campaigned for Kho Jabing’s clemency. Kho Jabing was convicted of murder and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty on 30 July 2010.
However, after the 2012 review of the mandatory death penalty laws, on 14 August 2013, the High Court resentenced Kho Jabing to life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane.
On 14 January 2015, the Court of Appeal re-imposed the death penalty on Kho Jabing in a three-to-two split decision. A last minute appeal admitted on 3 November, three days before his scheduled execution, was dismissed on 5 April 2016.
Kho Jabing and his family have already endured the distress of facing an imminent execution, and we are urging the authorities of Malaysia to leave no stone unturned and do their utmost to advocate with their Singaporean conterparts to spare them further suffering.
In light of this information and the concerns raised last year, we implore the president of Singapore to give due consideration to the issues relating to Kho Jabing’s case and grant clemency for Kho Jabing. At the very least, the scheduled execution should be set aside pending the appeal that Kho Jabing’s lawyer intend to submit.
Once again, we implore those in power to take swift action and ensure that this injustice is put to an end. Failure to take swift action to safeguard Kho Jabing’s right would only bring about more unnecessary grief to the family and needless taint on Singapore’s human rights record.
Amnesty International Malaysia
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Civil Rights Committee, KLSCAH
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50150 Kuala Lumpur
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Selangor Darul Ehsan
T: +603 – 7784 3525
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