Malaysia broke international law by executing brothers before clemency hearing – activists

Source: Asian Correspondent

Brothers Rames & Suthar Batumalai were executed at dawn on Wednesday 15 March 2017.

Brothers Rames & Suthar Batumalai were executed at dawn on Wednesday 15 March 2017.

MALAYSIAN authorities acted in violation of international law when they executed two brothers on death row, even before the disposal of their appeal for clemency, local human rights defenders alleged.

According to Amnesty International Malaysia director Shamini Darshni, international law clearly states that, “executions may not be carried out pending any appeal or other proceeding relating to pardon or commutation of the sentence.”

She noted that the brothers – Rames Batumalai, 45, and Suthar Batumalai, 40, two Malaysian nationals convicted of murder in 2006 – were hanged to death at dawn on Wednesday, two days before their pre-determined date of execution and while their clemency application was yet to be heard.

Haresh Mahadevan, the lawyer representing the brothers, had filed a new application for clemency on Feb 23, which halted their scheduled Feb 24 execution at the last hour. Pending a review of the application, the executions were set for Friday, March 17.

Earlier this week, however, authorities told family members of the two death row inmates that they would be hanged at dawn on Wednesday. Read more

Brothers executed despite pending clemency appeal

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 — Two brothers were hanged to death this morning at the Kajang Prison for their 2010 murder conviction, before the disposal of their petition for clemency.

Rames Batumalai, 45 and Suthar Batumalai, 40 were initially scheduled to be executed on February 24, but the execution was delayed after their family filed the petition the day before.

“International law clearly states that executions may not be carried out pending any appeal or other proceeding relating to pardon or commutation of the sentence,” Amnesty International Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshni said in a statement today. Read more

Amnesty International: Halt execution of brothers pending clemency application

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 — Amnesty International Malaysia has urged the government to halt tomorrow’s execution of two brothers found guilty of a murder committed back in 2006 as their lawyer have submitted a clemency application to Negri Sembilan Pardons Board.

In a statement tonight, Amnesty International Malaysia Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said that the Pardons Board must be given time to review Rames and Suthar Batumalai’s application, and executions can’t be carried out while the appeals are still pending.

“Late last night, we learned that Rames and Suthar were scheduled to be executed in Kajang Prison on Friday morning, which mean they have less than 12 hours to live now. The family is distraught and are appealing to the Yang Di Pertuan Negri Sembilan to spare their lives,” she said.

Shamini said that the family of Rames, 44, and Suthar, 39, were only informed about the execution yesterday. Read more