The pardon for foreigners who are given the death penalty in Malaysia must go through several procedures specified by the country’s legal system, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“In making the appeal for a decision made by the court, those people concerned can do so to the Court of Appeal or can take it straight away to the Federal Court subsequently,” he told a media conference after receiving at his office in Putrajaya today by Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, the Indonesian coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs.
He said the Indonesian government had submitted 36 appeals for its nationals who had been sentenced to death by hanging to the Pardons Board through the appointed lawyers.
Zahid, who is also the home minister, said just as the other convicts, Indonesian nationals who had been handed the death sentence had also gone through the legal process specified, and it was something that must be respected.
The decision on the appeals had yet to be made and Luhut, who was informed about it, respected the legal process implemented in this country.
Zahid said 81 Indonesian nationals who were given the death sentence were among the 4,896 nationals of that country who were serving the prison sentence in Malaysia.
“Of the 81 convicts sentenced to death by hanging, 65 were involved in offences under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, 13 murder cases, two kidnapping cases and one was involved in a firearms case,” he said.
Zahid said Luhut took the opportunity at the meeting to record his country’s appreciation to Malaysia, particularly the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) which was directly involved in the mission to put out the fire in south Sumatera recently.
He said Indonesia deeply appreciated the manpower mobilised by the agency, including the MMEA’s willingness to send the Bombardier CL 415 aircraft, which was capable of carrying huge amounts of water to put out forest fires in several areas there.
In addition, the meeting also discussed, among other things, the Agreement on the Prevention of Cross Border Crimes between Malaysia and Indonesia which was presented by Malaysia to Indonesia earlier, he said. – Bernama, November 20, 2015.