By The Ant Daily
STATEMENT: Roughly half a year ago, civil societies 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 the 13 May 2016, the family was notified that Kho Jabing will be executed on 20 May 2016.
This came as a shock to the family and activists who have campaigned for Kho Jabing’s clemency.
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 Jabing to life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane.
On 14 January 2015, the Court of Appeal re-imposed the death penalty on Jabing in a three-to-two split decision. A last minute appeal admitted on Nov 3, three days before his scheduled execution, was dismissed on 5 April 2016.
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 best 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 aforementioned issues relating to Jabing’s case and grant clemency for Jabing.
At the very least, the scheduled execution should be set aside pending the appeal that Jabing’s lawyer intended 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 Jabing’s rights would only bring about more unnecessary grief to the family and needless taint on Singapore’s human rights records.
This statement is jointly issued by Amnesty International Malaysia, Civil Rights Committee, KLSCAH and Suaram.