Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ahmad Najib Executed Suddenly - When Malaysia about to abolish Death Penalty?

See also MADPET's Media Statement 

Friday, 23 September 2016 | MYT 6:48 PM

Canny Ong's murderer hanged

Ahmad Najib Aris (center). - Filepic
Ahmad Najib Aris (center). - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: Former aircraft cabin cleaning supervisor Ahmad Najib Aris was hanged Friday at the Kajang Prison following the rape and murder of information technology (IT) analyst Canny Ong in 2003.  

A spokesman from the Prisons Department confirmed that Ahmad Najib, 40, was executed at about 6am and was buried at the Sungai Kantan Muslim cemetery in Kajang near here. 

Canny Ong 

On Feb 23, 2005, the Shah Alam High Court sentenced Ahmad Najib to death for raping and murdering Ong, 29, at KM11 of Jalan Klang Lama between 1am and 5am on June 14, 2003. 

In March 2009, a unanimous decision by the Federal Court upheld his death sentence for the crimes committed on Ong, whose charred remains were found in a manhole near a highway construction site.

His former lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said the prisons’ officials had commented in favour of Ahmad Najib's character. 

"They told me that he actually became a good Muslim. He is the one who led the prayers and used to teach the people on religion.

"He took the decision of the court as the fate of God," he said.

Ahmad Najib was also given the maximum jail term of 20 years and ordered to be given 10 strokes of the rotan for killing and raping Ong, a Malaysian who worked in the United States.  - Star, 23/9/2016

Amnesty calls for moratorium on executions

 | September 24, 2016
Amnesty International statistics from countries which have abolished the death penalty show no increase in crimes.
death penaltyKUALA LUMPUR: Amnesty International Malaysia (AI-M) have called on the Malaysian Government to impose an immediate moratorium on executions. “Authorities must also end secrecy on executions,” it said in a statement.

AI-M was condemning the execution of Ahmad Najib Aris. He was hanged on Friday after serving 13 years on death row for the rape and murder of Canny Ong Lay Kian.

“The death penalty is never an answer. Hanging a man for murder is not justice, it’s revenge,” said AI-M Executive Director Shamin Darshni Kalimuthu. “We oppose the use of capital punishment regardless of the crime committed.”

While international law allows for the death penalty for the most serious crimes, she added, the lack of transparency raises crucial concerns.

From AI-M’s experience in dealing with imminent executions, families are only informed between 72 and 24 hours before.
Also, the authorities deliberately conceal or minimise public scrutiny on imminent executions.

This is the fourth known execution in Malaysia this year.

On 25 March 2016, Gunasegar Pitchaymuthu and brothers Ramesh and Sasivarnam Jayakumar were hanged in the Taiping Prison between 4.30 and 5.30 am.

The authorities do not make public disclosures of hangings. Lawyers in Malaysia are not informed of impending executions of their clients

AI-M statistics from countries which have abolished the death penalty show no increase in the crimes previously subject to capital punishment. - FMT News, 24/9/2016

No comments: