Malaysia to study ICJ death penalty case in Singapore thoroughly


The Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a response to an appeal to bring the death sentence handed over to a Malaysian in Singapore, to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said it will study the request thoroughly since it involves the neighbouring nation’s judicial integrity.

In a letter to the applicants lawyers, Messrs DAIM & GAMANY dated 1 February 2017, Wisma Putra said the applications was duly brought to the attention of the Right Honourable Minister.

It said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been informed of the firm’s decision to bring this case to the attention of the International Court of Justice.

However, it said this option will be studied in more detail in due course as this matter involves the internal affairs of SIngapore and the transparency of their judicial system.

The matter involves the case of Datchinamurthy s/o Kataiah, a Malaysian citizen facing the death penalty in Singapore pursuant to his conviction under Section 5(1) (a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act (CAP 185) on 1 April 2015.