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URGENT ACTION : MALAYSIAN NATIONAL FACES IMMINENT EXECUTION


URGENT ACTION

MALAYSIAN NATIONAL FACES IMMINENT EXECUTION

Prabagaran Srivijayan, a Malaysian national, was convicted and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty on 22 July 2012 in Singapore. The execution could take place as early as next week.

Prabagaran Srivijayan, a 29 year old Malaysian national, is accused of attempting to smuggle 22.24g of heroin into Singapore in April 2012 and was convicted and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty on 22 July 2012. The date of execution has not yet been set, however, according to one of his lawyers, it could take place as early as next week.


Prabagaran Srivijayan has consistently maintained his innocence and insists that he had no knowledge of the drugs that were found in the arm rest of a borrowed car. Under Singaporean law, prohibited substances found in a vehicle are automatically presumed to be in the possession of the driver at that time. The burden of proof is therefore shifted onto the defendant, violating the presumption of innocence and fair trial rights.


Additional fair trial concerns have been raised by the lawyer, including the failure of Singaporean authorities to investigate leads and call upon two witnesses that Prabagaran Srivijayan claims could corroborate his innocence.


Please write immediately in English or your own language:

  •  Urging the President to immediately halt any plans to carry out Prabagaran Srivijayan’s execution and grant him clemency;
  •  Calling on the authorities to immediately re-impose an official moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, and commute all existing death sentences;
  •  Reminding the authorities that drug-related offences do not meet the threshold of the “most serious crimes” to which the use of the death penalty must be restricted under international law, and that the imposition of the death penalty as a mandatory punishment is also prohibited.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 24 FEBRUARY 2017 TO:
President of Singapore
His Excellency Tony Tan Keng Yam
Office of the President of the Republic of
Singapore Orchard Road, 238823
Singapore
Fax: +65 6735 3135
Email: istana_feedback@istana.gov.sg
Twitter: @govsingapore
Salutation: Your Excellency


Prime Minister
Lee Hsien Loong

Prime Minister's Office
Orchard Road
Istana, 238823
Singapore
Fax: +65 6835 6621
Email: pmo_hq@pmo.gov.sg
Twitter: @leehsienloong
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister


And copies to:


Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia
His Excellency Dato' Sri Anifah Aman

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia
No. 1, Jalan Wisma Putra Precinct 2
Federal Government Administrative
Centre 62602 Putrajaya
Malaysia
Fax: +603 8889 1717
Email: anifah@kln.gov.my


SAMPLE LETTER

(Target)

(Target address)

 

Salutation,

 

The following information has been brought to my attention.

Amnesty International Malaysia notes with concern that Prabagaran Srivijayan, a Malaysian national, was convicted and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty on 22 July 2012 in Singapore. The execution could take place as early as next week.

Prabagaran Srivijayan, a 29 year old Malaysian national, is accused of attempting to smuggle 22.24g of heroin into Singapore in April 2012 and was convicted and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty on 22 July 2012. The date of execution has not yet been set, however, according to one of his lawyers, it could take place as early as next week.

Prabagaran Srivijayan has consistently maintained his innocence and insists that he had no knowledge of the drugs that were found in the arm rest of a borrowed car. Under Singaporean law, prohibited substances found in a vehicle are automatically presumed to be in the possession of the driver at that time. The burden of proof is therefore shifted onto the defendant, violating the presumption of innocence and fair trial rights.

Additional fair trial concerns have been raised by the lawyer, including the failure of Singaporean authorities to investigate leads and call upon two witnesses that Prabagaran Srivijayan claims could corroborate his innocence.

Saluatation, we call on the authorities of Singapore to:

immediately halt any plans to carry out Prabagaran Srivijayan’s execution and grant him clemency;
immediately re-impose an official moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, and commute all existing death sentences;

Thank you.

 

Yours Sincerely,

__________________________

(Name)

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