Family of Malaysian on Singapore death row appeals for clemency again

PETALING JAYA - The family of Malaysian citizen Prabu Pathmanathan, who is on death row in Singapore, has delivered a fresh petition for clemency to Singapore President Halimah Yacob, says lawyer N. Surendran.

The Lawyers for Liberty adviser said despite appeals for Prabu to be spared, his execution remained on schedule for Friday (Oct 26) at dawn.

"There has as yet been no response from Singapore authorities to appeals for the execution to be stopped," he said, adding that Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong had also made an appeal.

Liew had said he hoped Singapore would commute Prabu's sentence to life imprisonment.

Surendran said Prabu's mother and sister submitted a fresh petition for clemency to the Singapore President at 8.42am, Thursday (Oct 25).

He said the petition was signed by Prabu's mother K. Suguna, father N. Pathmanathan and his five siblings.

"Prabu's family greatly appreciates and welcomes our government's efforts on behalf of Prabu, and hopes that Malaysia will today make all efforts necessary to halt the execution," Surendran said.

"We once again appeal to the government of Singapore and its President to spare this young Malaysian from the gallows tomorrow," he added.

Prabu, 31, was sentenced to death for committing several acts preparatory to and for the purposes of trafficking in 227.82g of diamorphine or heroin into the island state on Dec 31, 2014.

According to Surendran, there were doubts surrounding Prabu's conviction, adding that the drugs were found in a vehicle driven by another person, and not Prabu.

He also claimed that the confessions obtained from Prabu by the prosecution for the trial were made under duress.

The Singapore Anti Death Penalty Campaign also called for the Singapore government to halt the execution.

Meanwhile the Malaysian government said it would go ahead with plans to completely abolish the death penalty.