Malaysia will not interfere in Singapore death row cases

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Source: The Star Online

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SINGAPORE: Malaysia will not interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, including a court case involving a Malaysian death row inmate in Singapore.

“We are aware that there is an effort to put pressure to bring a particular court case here to a higher profile,” Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Ilango Karuppannan told Bernama.

It was reported that a Malaysian death row inmate S. Prabagaran, aged 30, was making a judicial review application to direct the Government to start proceedings against Singapore in the International Court of Justice over his conviction for drug trafficking.

The Foreign Ministry and the Malaysian Government were named as respondents in the application which was filed at the Malaysian High Court registry in January this year.

The inmate was sentenced to death in September 2014 and had reportedly exhausted all appeals in the republic.

Asked how many Malaysians are on death row in Singapore, Ilango declined to reveal the numbers.

In another case on death row, the Singapore apex court on Monday dismissed an appeal for the 2010 Kallang slashing case involving Michael Garing.

Following a trial, Michael, who was part of a gang of four from Sarawak that carried out four violent robberies seven years ago, was sentenced to death.

Another suspect who was arrested in Malaysia last month, Donny Meluda, has been charged with murder with his case still before the court.

If convicted, he too will also face the death penalty. – Bernama