Tag: Death Penalty

Malaysia must scrap ‘cruel’ death penalty: Amnesty

Malaysian police sometimes use torture to extract confessions from suspects in death penalty cases and their trials are often unfair, Amnesty International said Thursday, piling pressure on the government to abolish capital punishment. The Southeast Asian country has the death penalty for dozens of crimes...

Lawyer in Telok Kurau murder claims maid was in ‘oppressed state’ when giving police statements

Singapore—According to the lawyer of Daryati, a domestic worker on trial for killing her employer, the maid was not in the right state of mind when she gave her statements to the police after the murder. The helper’s lawyer, Mohamed Muzammil Mohamed, says that Daryati...

“Singapore is preparing for an execution binge” says M’sian rights group

Singapore — A Malaysian human rights group warned of a potential "execution binge" following the multiple rejected petitions for pardon in the previous month. Lawyers for Liberty, a law reform and rights group, claimed that up to 10 prisoners in Singapore had their clemency petitions...

Anonymous writer in Singapore calls the death penalty “ineffective and inhumane” in the Sydney Morning Herald

Singapore—In an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald on July 22, Monday, one writer called Singapore’s capital punishment laws “both ineffective and inhumane.” The writer, identified as James Arokiasamy at the beginning of the piece, was later revealed to be anonymous since at the...

Malaysia’s repeal of death penalty opens deep wounds, including that of Mongolian model murder

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's is looking into the repeal of the death penalty but the idea is creating waves of discontent among survivors of attempted murder and family members of murder victims, though there is some hope it will help solve the politically charged...

“I respect the decision of the Singapore Court” – Malaysian Minister Liew Vui Keong

After the controversial stay of execution in the case of the Malaysian drug mule who was sentenced to hang last Friday (May 24), allegations have surfaced accusing the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Liew Vui Keong to have interfered with Singapore's decision to grant...

Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand buck worldwide trend with more executions, not less

More and more countries are rejecting the death penalty, which is a global trend. However, according to a report from the South China Morning Post (SCMP), certain countries are actually going against this trend, including Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Amnesty International reports that the number...

Malaysian lawyer calls on President Halimah Yacob to stay execution on Friday of Micheal Garing

Petaling Jaya—N. Surendran from Malaysian human rights group Lawyers for Liberty is appealing that the scheduled execution of a Malaysian man in Singapore be halted, claiming that the convict and his family have not been given sufficient time for preparations. Mr Surendran is also appealing...

International human rights lawyer launches website

One of Singapore’s leading human rights law advocates, M. Ravi launched his own website on February 15. The website serves as an account of his 16+ years of work as an Advocate & Solicitor in Singapore back when he was practicing as an independent consultant...

Ministry of Home Affairs is surveying Singaporeans on death penalty

For the first time in the nation’s history, Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been gathering the opinions of citizens and permanent residents concerning the death penalty. In the wake of the hanging of Prabu N. Pathmanathan, a convicted Malaysian drug trafficker, last week,...