Pannir Selvam, Malaysian on death row in Singapore, to keep fighting for clemency

Pannir Selvam Pranthaman has been sentenced to death by the Singapore High Court for drug trafficking. (Facebook pic)

SINGAPORE: Malaysian Pannir Selvam Pranthaman, on death row in Singapore, will appeal against yesterday’s decision by the High Court here dismissing his bid to start a court challenge against the rejection of his clemency plea.

“Pannir will be appealing the decision. So, the matter isn’t over yet. We have a month to file the notice of appeal,” his counsel Too Xing Ji told Bernama today.

The application to start a court challenge was heard in chambers on Feb 11 and the decision was made the next day.

The Singapore Court of Appeal had on May 23, 2019 granted Pannir’s application to stay his execution, enabling him to challenge the clemency process.

Pannir, 32, who was scheduled to be executed on May 24, filed the stay application from prison pending a challenge upon the rejection of clemency.

The letter from the Singapore president refusing clemency and the notification of execution were both dated May 17, 2019, but the letter notifying his family of the execution was sent out on May 16, 2019.

In his affidavit, the president’s principal private secretary reportedly said he signed the letters on May 7 but post-dated them by 10 days to May 17.

He had also reportedly said that before May 7, the president had been advised by the Cabinet that the law should be allowed to take its course.

Pannir was convicted on June 27, 2017 by the Singapore High Court for trafficking in 51.84g of diamorphine at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Sept 3, 2014.