Malaysia Govt to appeal for clemency over Singapore death sentence

August 2, 2010
Singapore Democrats

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The government will appeal to the Singapore Government for clemency, over the imposition of the death sentence imposed by a court in the republic on two Sarawakians. Bernama

The government will appeal to the Singapore Government for clemency, over the imposition of the death sentence imposed by a court in the republic on two Sarawakians.

Jabing Kho and Galing Kujat, both 26, were sentenced to death yesterday, for the murder of a Chinese national on Feb 17, 2008, while robbing the victim.

Deputy Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang said as a caring country, the government would request for clemency and for the death sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment.

He said, as Singapore and Malaysia had their respective legal systems, each respected the other’s sovereignty and principles of justice.

“We do not interfere in the handling of any criminal case involving Malaysians…neither does Singapore in cases involving Singaporeans,” he said after officiating the close of a basic computer maintenance and repair course for youths at his Julau parliamentary constituency on Sunday.

Salang, who had also served as deputy foreign minister, advised Malaysians not to get involved in criminal activities.

He disclosed that not all (criminal) cases involving Malaysians (overseas) were reported to Wisma Putra.

Under internationally agreed convention, a person being charged had the right to let the host country report immediately to his/her embassy, he said, adding that there were instances where the accused had requested that the families not to be informed.

“When this happens, the host country has no choice but to keep the case under wraps,” he said.

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