NGO asks Malaysia to stop execution of ethnic Indian

Last Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 20:40

Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian-Indian NGO on Thursday made a last-minute appeal to the government to stop the execution of an ethnic Indian man who has been convicted of murder, saying the death sentence was incompatible with human rights and dignity.

Death row prisoner, Chandran Paskaran, 36, is to be hanged tomorrow despite decisions of the government to halt death sentences for the time being.

P Wayathamoorthy, chairman of Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), said the call for abolishment of death sentence had been in place since October 2012 when the then minister in the Prime Minister`s Department Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz tabled a moratorium on the mandatory death penalty and received approval from the government as well as the opposition.

The government had committed to respond to the UN Human Rights Council by March 2014 on the recommendation made, Wayathamoorthy said.

"A death sentence is incompatible with human rights and human dignity as it violates the right of life which is the most basic of human rights," he said and urged the Bar Council and civil society to support human rights by calling for a halt to Chandran`s impending execution.

Chandran`s mother D Nagammal reportedly received a letter from the local Kajang prison on Monday informing her that her son would be sentenced to capital punishment tomorrow.

The case was brought to the Court of Appeal and Federal Court following his conviction on April 16, 2008. The?Federal Court turned down the appeal in 2012.

In 2003, Chandran along with 11 others were acquitted for the murder of one K Muthuraman in Johor Bahru. However, after several hearings, only Chandran was charged with murder.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has also requested the government to halt all executions, commute existing death sentences and put in place a moratorium on the use of the death penalty as a first step towards its abolition.


First Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 20:40

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