Thursday, May 19, 2016
Well, it has come to my notice that the Kho Jabing's lawyers have filed an application in court.
See relevant earlier posts:-
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 | MYT 7:33 PM
PETALING JAYA: The lawyer of Kho Jabing has filed an application challenging a Singapore court judgement that sentenced the Malaysian to death, saying that the judge sat on two appeals involving the case.
Gino Hardial Singh filed the application challenging the court judgement on grounds of apparent bias as Court of Appeal judge Andrew Phang had sat on both of Jabing’s appeal hearings.
Kirsten Han, the founder of Singaporean non-governmental organisation (NGO) We Believe in Second Chances told The Star Online that the application would be heard in the Court of Appeal on Thursday.
Another NGO, Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (Madpet), pointed out that Phang sat in a coram involving Jabing’s case in both 2011 and in 2013.
Jabing is scheduled to be executed this Friday, according to his family who received a letter from the Singapore Prison Service last week.
A bid to commute Jabing’s death sentence at Singapore’s Court of Appeal failed last month.
Jabing, 31, from Ulu Baram, Sarawak was found guilty of killing a Chinese construction worker with a tree branch back in 2008 during a robbery attempt.
He was scheduled to be executed on Nov 6 last year but received a stay the day before, after his lawyer filed a motion raising points of law about the way the case was handled.
Jabing was sentenced to death in 2010 but in August 2013, following revisions to Singapore’s mandatory death penalty laws, the High Court sentenced him to life and 24 strokes of the cane instead.
The prosecution challenged the decision before the Court of Appeal, which again sentenced Jabing to death in a 3-2 majority decision earlier this year.
On Oct 19, Singapore president Tony Tan rejected a clemency petition before a stay of execution by the Court of Appeal.
In 2013, the Singapore government amended the mandatory death penalty that gave judges the discretion to choose between death and life imprisonment with caning for murder, as well as certain cases of drug trafficking. - Star, 18/5/2016