4 Malaysians facing the noose in Singapore, says rights group

Changi prison. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: Rights group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) says a record 10 inmates at Changi prison have had their clemency petitions rejected by the Singapore government this week, four of whom are Malaysians convicted of drug-related offences.

Adding that in Singapore, execution usually follows soon after the rejection of clemency petitions, LFL adviser N Surendran urged the authorities to put a stop to what he called “serial hanging”.

“The large and sudden number of clemency rejections is unprecedented and shocking.

“It indicates that Singapore is preparing for an execution binge, in total disregard of international legal norms and decent world opinion,” he said in a statement today.

The four Malaysian prisoners were identified as Datchinamurthy Kataiah, Gobi Avedian, Abdul Helmi Ab Halim and Rahmat.

Surendran said these four men form the largest group of foreign nationals now facing execution in Changi.

He said the number of simultaneous clemency rejections also raises questions as to whether each case is considered by the Singapore Cabinet and president, according to the prisoners’ constitutional rights.

He urged the Singapore government to halt these executions and to impose a moratorium on them pending a thorough review of the clemency rejections.

He also urged Putrajaya to make urgent representations to Singapore on behalf of the four Malaysians in custody.