MP urges Putrajaya action as Singapore bars lawyers from Malaysians on death row

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Prabagaran Srivijayan’s mother Eswary Vengatasamy, pictured with lawyer N. Surendran (right), at the Duta court, January 16, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

Prabagaran Srivijayan’s mother Eswary Vengatasamy, pictured with lawyer N. Surendran (right), at the Duta court, January 16, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — The Malaysian government must intervene over Singapore’s refusal to let lawyers confer with two Malaysians sentenced to die there, said PKR MP N. Surendran.

The Padang Serai lawmaker, who is also representing S. Prabagaran and K. Datchinamurthy here, said access to the two were imperative in pursuing their separate appeals against their death sentences for drug trafficking in the city state.

“Our applications for access were rejected by the Singapore Prison Services without any reasons being given,” he said in a statement today.

“Access to lawyers and to the courts is a fundamental right, which cannot be interfered with.” Read more

Death row prisoner in Singapore turns to Malaysian court

Source: FMT News

noose-hang-death-penalty-2410KUALA LUMPUR: Another death row prisoner has turned to the Malaysian courts to compel Putrajaya to start legal proceedings against Singapore before an international tribunal for denying him a fair trial.

Factory worker K Datchinamurthy, who was found guilty of drug trafficking, also wants a declaration from the court that Putrajaya is obliged to protect his life and freedom.

In his leave application for judicial review today, the 32-year-old named the foreign minister and the Malaysian government as respondents.

He is also asking for any other relief deemed fit by the court.

Datchinamurthy’s mother, A Letchumi, has affirmed an affidavit in support of her son’s application.

Lawyer N Surendran said this application was made as his client and family members had exhausted all avenues to stop the execution from being carried out anytime now. Read more