State pardons boards should meet periodically, says lawyer

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: The pardons board of every state should hold meetings periodically to pore over cases under their respective jurisdictions, the Malaysian Bar’s migrants, refugees and immigration affairs committee said today.

Its chairman M Ramachelvam said that at present, each board’s activities were opaque and one did not hear of anything much happening at these meetings.

He also said neither the frequency nor the results of the meetings were made known to others, with the exception of the Johor Pardons Board where there were some commutations of sentences in conjunction with the Sultan of Johor’s coronation. Read more

Pardon for foreigners must go through Malaysian legal system, says Zahid

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Death Penalty

Death Penalty

The pardon for foreigners who are given the death penalty in Malaysia must go through several procedures specified by the country’s legal system, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“In making the appeal for a decision made by the court, those people concerned can do so to the Court of Appeal or can take it straight away to the Federal Court subsequently,” he told a media conference after receiving at his office in Putrajaya today by Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, the Indonesian coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs.

He said the Indonesian government had submitted 36 appeals for its nationals who had been sentenced to death by hanging to the Pardons Board through the appointed lawyers. Read more