Sultan commutes death sentence on convicted killer

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ARAU: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has commuted the death sentence of a civil servant to life imprisonment.

Joe (not his real name), 52, was sentenced to death for the murder of a Pakistani man in Selangor in March 1996. He is on death row at Perlis prison.

The decision was made at a meeting of the Selangor state Pardons Board, chaired by the Sultan of Selangor, and was effective from July 28.

The announcement was made in the presence of Joe’s mother, his three siblings and a nephew who arrived from Shah Alam.

Jamaludin Saad, security director of the Malaysian Prisons Department, said “Joe” was the only death row prisoner to be selected to apply for a lower sentence.

Jamaluddin said the Selangor Pardons Board took into account several aspects, including the offence, the sentence being served and the personal development of the inmate.

Also present at yesterday’s announcement were the Sultan’s private secretary, Mohamad Munir Bani, deputy State Secretary Mazlan Md Nor and Perlis prison director Shahhimin Hussin.