MPs play biggest role in abolishing death penalty, says activist

Source: The Star Online

Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (Madpet) coordinator Charles Hector – pic taken from The Star Online.

KUALA LUMPUR: Parliamentarians should educate their constituents on the need to abolish the death penalty, said a human rights activist.

Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (Madpet) coordinator Charles Hector (pix) said they should also convince their fellow colleagues and respective parties to take a clear stand on the abolishment of the death penalty.

“Since the death penalty exists in the laws, the laws need to be amended or repealed.

“So ultimately the final decision comes to the legislature, which is parliament and they have to pass the required laws to abolish it,” he told the Star Online after a parliamentary roundtable session on the abolishment of the death penalty here on Wednesday.

The session was arranged by the Parliamentary Global Action (PGA) group and attended by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, other parliamentarians, civil society organisations and government officials from other countries. Read more

Abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia and in Asia-Pacific Conference

The Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) in cooperation with Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM)/Together Against Death Penalty are organising the Malaysia National Conference and Training Workshop on the “Abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia and in Asia-Pacific” on 21 to 22 of July 2017 at Auditorium of the KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The two-day conference, , which will include participants coming from countries across Asia-Pacific, will be a great opportunity of learning, exchanging views, experiences and best practices with regard the campaign for the abolition of the death penalty.

The Conference will be looking also be looking topics like ‘poverty, crime and the death penalty’, detention conditions, death penalty and the impact on children (CRC) and family, death penalty and mental health, death penalty and migrants/foreigners, ‘secret’ executions, and other matters related. We will also be looking at how effectively we could use the UPR and other UN mechanisms. Lastly, there will also be short training on fact-finding missions.

Space is limited, attendance is by pre-registration by emailing to easytocall@gmail.com,  contactadpan@gmail.com and/or kristina.adpan@gmail.com.

Alternatively you may register by clicking here.

Lawyer, activists slam pre-execution photoshoot

Source: FMT News

Petaling Jaya: N Surendran has slammed the practice in Singapore which has death-row inmates take part in a photoshoot “a day or two” before they are sent to the gallows, labelling it “inhumane”.

The lawyer who represented the family of S Prabagaran, the Malaysian who was hanged in Singaporefor drug trafficking, also said the act was morbid.

“It shows the harshness of Singaporean authorities to treat a person like that. They (death-row inmates) are not dolls,” he told FMT.

He was asked to comment on a tweet by We Believe in Second Chances co-founder Kirsten Han who uploaded a picture of a smiling Prabagaran.

“This was taken of Prabagaran this week as part of the pre-execution prison photoshoot. Photos are then given to the family,” she wrote. Read more

‘Prabagaran maintained his innocence until the end’

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: S. Prabagaran, who was executed in Singapore on Friday for drug trafficking, accepted his fate but maintained his innocence until the end.

The 29-year-old Malaysian, who is from Johor Baru, was hanged to death at the Changi Prison yesterday and was cremated at the Mandai crematorium in Singapore.

We Believe in Second Chances co-founder Kirsten Han said those who were with him said he was jovial and joking with the prison guards even during the approaching hours of the execution.

“Prabagaran always told his cousin that he was innocent but that he accepted his fate,” The Star quoted Han as saying. Read more

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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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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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 penalty should be abolished, says Baru

Source: Borneo Post

Baru Bian, Pic from Borneo Post.

Baru Bian, Pic from Borneo Post.

KUCHING: State PKR chairman Baru Bian wholeheartedly agrees with the call by human rights advocates that capital punishment be removed for all crimes currently punishable by death.

According to him, imposing of the death penalty was believed to act as a deterrent against crime but there is no conclusive evidence that capital punishment is an effective deterrent.

“Those who are about to commit crimes do not stop and sit down to weigh the consequences if they are caught, especially those who commit murder.

“I believe most people do not even know what the penalties are for various crimes except for drug trafficking as that is well-publicised, but even that does not have any deterrent effect, judging from the unabating illegal drug activities in this country,” Baru said in a press statement yesterday.

Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said while capital punishment does not give the offender the chance to be rehabilitated, he believed that people can change, and there are many offenders who do change.

“Whether it is through spiritual input, professional counselling or even the ageing process, many former criminals have changed their attitudes towards crime and emerged as reformed individuals. Read more

Lam Thye suggests moratorium on death penalty cases

Source: The Star Online

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, pic from the Star Online.

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, pic from the Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: The Government should consider whether its review of the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking should include making it retrospective on pending cases, said social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic).

Lee said the proposal for the review under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act was timely as this could help prevent a “travesty of justice”.

Judges, he said, must be given the discretion to mete out suitable sentences on a case by case basis, especially for drug mules.

“While supporting the review of Section 39B, I also hope that the Government will address the issue raised by lawmakers and legal practitioners, including whether the move, if approved, could have a retrospective effect on pending death penalty cases,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

He also called on the Government to decide whether a moratorium should be imposed on pending cases so as to ensure justice for those facing such charges.

Lee was responding to a report in The Star that lawyers and human rights groups had called for all pending executions to be put on hold while the decision by the Government to review the death penalty for drug trafficking was being deliberated. Read more

UN Human Rights Office condemns secretive executions of two brothers in Malaysia

Source: Independent

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia condemned the executions of Malaysian brothers, Suthar Batumalai and B. Rames Batumalai, by hanging despite the submission of new evidence in the case.

The UN rights office said the judicial procedures in their case did not fulfill the most stringent guarantees of fair trial and due process.

The two brothers, who were convicted of murder in 2010, were hanged on Wednesday, despite the submission of a clemency petition last month containing new evidence in the case.

The men were granted a temporary stay of execution as a result of the petition.

“We are gravely concerned that executions of Suthar and B. Rames Batumalai went ahead, despite the pending decision by the Pardons Board on their clemency petition and the allegations that their trial did not meet international standards,” said Laurent Meillan, acting regional representative of the UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia. Read more