Singapore hangs Malaysian despite UN plea to pause death penalty

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian S. Prabagaran was hanged in Singapore this morning despite calls from the United Nations and others to suspend his execution.

The 29-year-old who was convicted of drug trafficking was executed at Changi Prison at 6am, according to Kirsten Han from a non-governmental group called We Believe in Second Chances.

“The family is collecting his body now,” she was quoted saying in a report by The Star Online.

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We will begin process of freeing Anwar within one week of forming government — Pakatan Harapan

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan has committed to the process of freeing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from jail within one week of forming the next government.

Its newly announced chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic), the former premier of 22 years, said that this would follow the legal process with the application of a royal pardon for Anwar who has been jailed for sodomy.

“We will wait for the law to take its course, not immediately because the prime minister who takes over will have a lot to do,” he said at a press conference early Friday morning after a Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting at the PKR headquarters.

He was asked if Anwar would become prime minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the next general election. Read more

Malaysia’s Jho Low claims Singapore ‘politically motivated’ in 1MDB scandal

Source: The Asian Correspondent

Image source: The Asian Correspondent. Jho Low during interview.

THE Malaysian businessman at the center of the country’s multi-billion dollar state investment fund scandal on Thursday accused Singapore of being politically motivated in linking him to its probe and prosecutions on the matter.

A spokesman for Low Taek Jho or Jho Low – who has been implicated in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal – said in a statement that the attempt to link Low to recent guilty pleas by parties who allegedly made illicit profits through money laundering was “based on unfounded assumptions”.

Low, a close associate of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his family, did not mention names but was likely referring to Yeo Jiawei, the former BSI banker who was on Wednesday given an additional four and a half years prison sentence by a Singapore court over financial offences involving 1MDB. Reports from court had quoted Singaporean prosecutors as saying 1MDB was merely a “victim” of Jho Low, who they also named as a key figure in the scandal. Read more

Police officers ignored multiple SOPs, says North Klang police station chief

Source: The Star

PUTRAJAYA: The police officers at the North Klang District police station repeatedly ignored standard operating procedures in their handling of detainee S. Balamurugan who died in their custody, said its chief.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Yusoff Mamat (pic) said this at the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) hearing investigating the death of 44-year old S.Balamurugan who died in custody on Feb 7.

“I had in a briefing in December said that any detainee found ill should be sent to the hospital immediately. They disobeyed me.

“I was not informed that Balamurugan’s remand application was rejected. On top of that they had also defied the Inspector General Standing Orders (IGSO) by not allowing the detainee to change out of his lock up clothes when taken to court,” he said on Tuesday.

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Mais gets court’s nod to continue bid to stop SIS’s ‘deviant’ fatwa challenge

Source: The Malay Online

File picture showing lawyer Surendra Ananth (third from left) and members and supporters of Sisters in Islam. — Picture by Zurairi AR

PUTRAJAYA — The Federal Court today allowed the Selangor religious authorities to continue with its bid to end Sisters in Islam’s (SIS) legal challenge against a fatwa labelling the latter as “deviant”.

The Federal Court said the five questions of law submitted by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and two others sued by SIS need to be discussed in court.

“We allow the application on the five questions presented to us,” said Chief Justice Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, who chaired the three-man panel.

The two other judges are Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin and Datuk Seri Abu Samah Nordin.

The five questions of law include whether the Shariah court’s jurisdiction can be implied from or has to be expressly stated in state laws; and whether a fatwa issued under a Selangor state law is within the exclusive jurisdiction of Shariah courts. Read more

MADPET calls on Singapore to stop its plans to execute Malaysian citizen in respect of Malaysian court

Source: The Online Citizen

by Charles Hector, for and on behalf of MADPET(Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture)

Source of image: Shutterstock.com

MADPET(Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) calls on Singapore to stop its plans to execute Malaysian citizen Prabagaran Srivijayan on Friday, 14 July 2017. Prabagaran was convicted and sentenced to death for the offence of drug trafficking by Singapore.  There are concerns that he was not accorded a fair trial.

There is an application now pending at the Malaysian Court of Appeal to refer Singapore to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for breach of the right to a fair trial. Last March, the Malaysian High Court denied the application for leave for a judicial review to compel Malaysia to intervene by referring Singapore to the ICJ. That means that this judicial review is not even been heard on the merits. Justice demands that Prabagaran not be executed until this court application be heard.

Singapore will not lose anything by simply postponing the execution, better still commuting the death penalty to imprisonment.

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Maria Chin’s car window smashed

Source: Free Malaysia Today 

Image source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah claims that her car was the target of an attack while she was driving along the Federal Highway today.

Maria, when contacted by FMT, said the experience was so sudden that she could not actually recall details of the assailant.

Maria said she was just leaving her office and taking a turn onto the Federal Highway when the incident happened at about 6pm. Her window on the driver’s side shattered. Read more

The Appointments of the Chief Justice and the President of the Court of Appeal as Additional Judges are Unconstitutional and Unprecedented — Malaysian Bar

Source: The Malaysian Bar

PRESS STATEMENT

The appointments of YAA Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Md Raus Sharif, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia (“current Chief Justice”) and YAA Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, President of the Court of Appeal, as additional judges have the effect of keeping them in judicial office beyond the age limit of 66 years and 6 months prescribed in the Federal Constitution, and is troubling.

The appointments are purportedly pursuant to Article 122(1A) of the Federal Constitution, on the advice of the then-Chief Justice, YAA Tun Dato’ Seri Arifin Zakaria (“former Chief Justice”) on 30 March 2017, a day before his retirement.

The Malaysian Bar is of the considered view that these appointments are blatantly unconstitutional.

It is unambiguously stipulated in Article 125(1) of the Federal Constitution that “a judge of the Federal Court shall hold office until he attains the age of sixty-six years or such later time, not being later than six months after he attains that age, as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may approve”. Read more

Cheat sheet on lawsuits against the EC’s proposed redelineation

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Several court cases against the EC have been dismissed or dropped, but there are still eight new or ongoing legal challenges seeking to halt the redelineation exercise. ― Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR ― Voters and state governments continue to be locked in legal battles over the Election Commission’s (EC) proposed redelineation exercise, though there’s just about a year till fresh elections must be called.

Several court cases against the EC have been dismissed or dropped, but there are still eight new or ongoing legal challenges seeking to halt the redelineation exercise.

Here are some quick facts on the redelineation exercise and the court cases.

1. What is this redelineation exercise?

It is basically to review the division of Malaysia into federal and state seats, which could involve the redrawing of electoral boundaries of the seats, renaming of seats, and movement of voters. Such reviews may culminate in no changes to a particular state.

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EC can’t submit final redelineation report to PM yet, court rules

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

Azizul said the EC cannot submit its current report as the final one because of an ongoing legal dispute. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng.

KUALA LUMPUR — The Selangor government was granted a court order today stopping the Election Commission (EC) from submitting its report on the redrawing of electoral constituencies to the prime minister.

In granting the injunction order, High Court judge Azizul Azmi Adnan said the EC cannot submit its current report as the final one until the end of an ongoing court challenge by the Selangor government.

“The reason that I’m granting this order is because the respondents (EC) do not disagree with your interpretation of Section 8 of the 13th Schedule, in essence, that there can only be one report to the prime minister and that report can only be issued once the States of Malaya is [done] and no report can be given to PM which excludes the state of Selangor,” he said.  Read more