Kho Jabing hanged

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A passport photo of Malaysian death row inmate in Singapore Kho Jabing. Image via The Star Online.

A passport photo of Malaysian death row inmate in Singapore Kho Jabing. Image via The Star Online.

SINGAPORE, May 20 — A Malaysian murder convict was hanged in Singapore today, police said, hours after the city-state’s highest court rejected a final bid for him to escape the gallows.

“A 32-year-old male Malaysian national, Jabing Kho had his death sentence carried out on 20 May 2016 at Changi Prison Complex,” the Singapore Police Force said in a statement.

Kho, who was sentenced to death in 2010 for the murder of a Chinese construction worker, had been due to hang in Changi Prison at dawn today, but was granted a brief last-minute reprieve after his lawyer filed a challenge.

The Court of Appeal heard the latest plea this morning but said it raised no new arguments about the 2008 robbery gone wrong, clearing the way for the execution.

“This case has been about many things but today, it’s about the abuse of the process of the court,” said Court of Appeal Judge Chao Hick Tin.

Allowing Kho to continue with legal challenges would throw the judicial system “into disrepute,” he added.

Executions in Singapore are normally carried out by hanging at dawn on Fridays. Read more

‘Judge who sent Kho to hang also heard his appeal’

Source: FMT News

NGOs claim Sarawakian Kho Jabing, who is to be hanged in less than 72 hours, may not have had a fair trial in Singapore as a result.

NGOs claim Sarawakian Kho Jabing, who is to be hanged in less than 72 hours, may not have had a fair trial in Singapore as a result.

KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights organisations believe that Sarawakian-born Kho Jabing, who is scheduled to be executed in Singapore on Friday, may not have been given a fair trial when his case was brought to the Court of Appeal on Jan 14 last year.

Kho was convicted of murder in 2010 in Singapore and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty on July 30, 2010.

However, after the 2012 review of the mandatory death penalties, the High Court re-sentenced Kho to life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane on Aug 14, 2013.

Then, on Jan 14, 2015, the Court of Appeal re-imposed the death penalty in a three-to-two decision.

“We’ve always focused on putting forth the question of whether the death penalty was indeed suited for Kho since it wasn’t a unanimous decision.

“But Kho’s lawyer told me that something else of prominence in his case is that one of the three judges who heard his appeal in January last year was also the same judge who first sentenced him to death.

“Now, whether this is just or not must be considered,” said Suaram Project Coordinator Dobby Chew at a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) here today.

KLSCAH Civil Rights Committee Vice-Chairman Ngeow Chow Ying, who was also present at the press conference, said there were now two aspects that needed to be carefully examined in Kho’s case which warranted “at the very least” a stay of execution.

“Justice not only needs to be done but needs to be seen to be done. Read more

SUARAM & Partners Press Conference Regarding Kho Jabing

Dear Media,

SUARAM & Partners Press Conference Regarding Kho Jabing

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) cordially invite the media to attend a press conference regarding the possible execution of Kho Jabing in Singapore this coming Friday the 20th of May 2016.

Below are the details of the press conference:

Time     : 2.30PM, 17th May 2016
Venue  : Ground Floor, KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall

Due to the short time Kho Jabing would have. We hope that the media can give their support and grant Kho Jabing a chance to live. For further information, please contact our coordinator, Dobby Chew at 011-3988 3367 or monitoring@suaram.net

Thank you!

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
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Selangor
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Human Rights Watch urges Singapore to grant clemency for M’sian death row prisoner

Source: Asian Correspondent

(File photo) Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division. Pic: AP

(File photo) Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division. Pic: AP

WITH less than four days left for Malaysian death row prisoner Kho Jabing to serve his sentence in Singapore, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on President Tony Tan to urgently grant clemency.

Kho, who is due to be executed on May 20, was convicted in 2007 of the murder of Cao Ruyin, a construction worker, in a botched robbery attempt.

HRW Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director said: “President Tan should grant clemency to Kho Jabing in recognition of sentencing reforms under Singapore law. The death penalty is always cruel, and a man’s life should not hinge on a legal technicality.”

On April 5 this year, the Court of Appeal, Singapore’s highest court, dismissed Kho’s appeal. An Appeals Court panel in January 2015 reversed a High Court ruling overturning his death sentence.

The dispute was whether or not his actions during the botched robbery had been done in “blatant disregard of human life”. At the time of Kho’s conviction, Singapore law imposed a mandatory death penalty for the offense, thus preventing the court from considering the full circumstances of the crime. Read more

Imminent executions in Singapore and Indonesia must be halted

Imminent executions in Singapore and Indonesia must be halted

We the undersigned, human rights organizations, and concerned human rights defenders condemn capital punishmentthe imminent executions of Kho Jabing in Singapore and at least 15 individuals which apparently includes, 4 Chinese nationals, 2 Nigerians, 2 Zimbabweans, 1 Senegalese, 1 Pakistani and 5 Indonesian nationals in Indonesia. We call on the authorities of the two countries to halt the impending executions.

On 12 May 2016, the family of Kho Jabing, a Malaysian national on death row in Singapore, received a letter from the Singapore Prisons informing them that Kho Jabing would be executed on 20 May 2016. Kho Jabing was convicted of murder in 2011. Of particular concern is the fact that there was a lack of unanimity in sentencing Kho Jabing to death, which demonstrates that reasonable doubt exists as to whether Kho Jabing deserved the death penalty. Read more

Malaysian murder convict loses appeal against hanging in Singapore

Source: Bangkok Post

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s highest court on Tuesday quashed a final appeal by a Malaysian murder convict, setting the stage for his execution by hanging despite calls for mercy from rights groups.

Human rights groups have called on Singapore to abolish capital punishment but the government has rejected such calls.

Kho Jabing, 31, was sentenced to death in 2010 for bludgeoning a Chinese construction worker to death in a robbery gone wrong and spent the next six years in a legal roller-coaster trying to avoid the gallows.

A High Court judge had his sentence commuted to life imprisonment and caning in 2013 on appeal following changes to the penal code that put an end to mandatory execution for murder convicts.

But state prosecutors fought the decision and the Court of Appeal, Singapore’s highest court, reinstated his death sentence in January 2015.

Kho’s scheduled execution last November was stayed at the eleventh hour when his lawyer filed another motion, which was denied on Tuesday.

Judge Chao Tick Hin, who delivered the final decision of the five-judge court, said the motion did not introduce any new material compelling enough for the court to reconsider the death sentence.

“It is the applicant’s core case that our decision in the re-sentencing appeal is wrong. But the material he advanced fell far short of even showing that this court’s decision was wrong, let alone demonstrably or blatantly wrong,” the judge said.

He said a new execution date will be set by the Singapore president, who has already rejected clemency. Read more

More time for Sarawakian on death row after Singapore court reserves judgment

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lenduk Ak Baling (third from left) and Jumai pose with activists campaigning for Kho Jabing’s death penalty to be reduced to life imprisonment. — Picture by Melissa Chi

Lenduk Ak Baling (third from left) and Jumai pose with activists campaigning for Kho Jabing’s death penalty to be reduced to life imprisonment. — Picture by Melissa Chi

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 — The fate of Kho Jabing remained uncertain today after a Singapore court reserved its judgement on the Sarawakian’s bid to review his death sentence.

The Court of Appeal did not specify a date for its decision, and according to activist Kirsten Han, this could hopefully buy more time for the 31-year-old Kho.

Han, who has been campaigning actively to get Kho’s sentence commuted, said with the court vacation coming up end of the month, she hopes the latest development would help the fight for the youth’s life.

“The judgment in Jabing’s case was reserved today. The stay in execution will remain until the judges decide,” the co-founder of We Believe in Second Chances told Malay Mail Online via text message in an update on the case.

The Singapore Court of Appeal earlier today heard the criminal motion filed by Kho’s lawyer. Read more

Addendum to Statement on Abolishment of Death Sentence

ADDENDUM TO STATEMENT DATED 19 NOVEMBER 2015
ON ABOLISHMENT OF THE DEATH SENTENCE 

ADDENDUM DATED 20 NOVEMBER 2015

capital punishmentFollowing HAKAM’s statement calling for a moratorium of all 1,022 executions while the government looks into abolishing the mandatory death sentence in Malaysia, HAKAM also urges the government to explore all diplomatic channels to persuade the Singapore government to grant clemency to Kho Jabing, the Sarawakian who is on death row in Singapore. HAKAM acknowledges Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s statement that he will write to appeal to the Singapore government to grant clemency to Jabing.

This is indeed an urgent call for the government to defend one of her citizens on death row. The Malaysian government must view this as a serious case. Kho Jabing was sentenced to death in 2008 and in 2013, Singapore amended its law concerning the mandatory death sentence. This resulted in a resentencing hearing for Kho Jabing. Read more

Addendum to Statement on Abolishment of Death Sentence

pdfADDENDUM TO STATEMENT DATED 19 NOVEMBER 2015
ON ABOLISHMENT OF THE DEATH SENTENCE 

ADDENDUM DATED 20 NOVEMBER 2015

capital punishmentFollowing HAKAM’s statement calling for a moratorium of all 1,022 executions while the government looks into abolishing the mandatory death sentence in Malaysia, HAKAM also urges the government to explore all diplomatic channels to persuade the Singapore government to grant clemency to Kho Jabing, the Sarawakian who is on death row in Singapore. HAKAM acknowledges Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s statement that he will write to appeal to the Singapore government to grant clemency to Jabing.

This is indeed an urgent call for the government to defend one of her citizens on death row. The Malaysian government must view this as a serious case. Kho Jabing was sentenced to death in 2008 and in 2013, Singapore amended its law concerning the mandatory death sentence. This resulted in a resentencing hearing for Kho Jabing. Read more

‘Commute my son’s death sentence to life term’

Source: The Star Online

Picture of Kho Jabing taken from The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR: The family of Kho Jabing is pleading with the Singapore government to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment, claiming he is not a bad person.

Jabing, 31, who is from Ulu Baram, Sarawak, faces the gallows for killing a Chinese construction worker with a tree branch in 2008 during a robbery attempt.

His mother Lenduk Baling, 54, said her son was not a bad person and had since regretted his actions.

“From the time he was born until he was in school, he never fought with his friends, teachers or anyone else. He is not a bad person,” she said, sobbing uncontrollably at a press conference yesterday. Read more