Duo's death sentences reduced to life terms

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KUALA KANGSAR: Two death row inmates had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment on the occasion of the installation of the Sultan of Pe­­rak today.

The Sultan also pardoned one of the 12 PAS members who were jailed for taking part in an illegal gathering to protest against the swearing-in of Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir as Perak mentri besar in 2009.

The decisions were announced du­ring the Perak Clemency Board conference, which was chaired by Sultan Nazrin Shah here yesterday.

A statement by the board said another inmate who was supposed to serve 10 years in jail was given an early release.

All of the PAS 12, who had gathered in front of the Masjid Ubudiah here in 2009, had applied for pardon but only one - who appealed on his own behalf - was successful.

The appeals of the 11 other PAS supporters were made by third parties.

The 12 were slapped with 10 month jail terms in March after a Court of Appeal reduced their sentences from the initial two-year imprisonment.

In his message, the Sultan is­­sued a reminder that prisoners must submit their appeals perso­nally and not send them through third parties.

Sultan Nazrin also reminded the people that the punishment meted out by the courts should be seen as a lesson for everyone to respect the rule of law.

He added that pardon would only be considered if the inmate had truly repented.

Meanwhile, all 10 state executive councillors were sworn-in for the third term during a ceremony before Sultan Nazrin at Istana Iskandariah.

On Monday, Dr Zambry said the exco members would continue with their respective tasks and portfolios.