Mr Dodwell in thanking blogger Andrew Loh for writing a Facebook note thanking the anti-death penalty activists and lawyers who defend death-row inmates said that he “could choose to sue Bilahari for his defamatory statement that it was “politically motivated”.”
He added: “I reflected on it and I will take the high road and don’t waste my life on insignificant people whose views really does not matter. It’s venomous and erroneous.”
Mr Bilahari Kausikan, Singapore’s Ambassador-at-large, had in sharing the news report of the lawyers’ attempts to save the murderer’s life suggested that it was politically motivated.
Mr Kausikan said: “This politically motivated 11th hour attempt to stay execution is despicable. If there were no new facts or arguments, they must — unless they were totally incompetent lawyers — have known that the appeal would fail. So they raised false hope in Mr Kho’s family and perhaps in Mr Kho himself for their own political agenda. That is completely cynical and ought to be condemned.”
The article was edited after it was first published.
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