Emergency Motion on Death Row Case Filed

Susan Loone ; Jul 4, 10 5:12pm; Source : MalaysiaKini (http://www1.malaysiakini.com/news/136364)

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Batu MP Tian Chua (below) has filed an emergency motion for parliament on Monday to debate the case of Yong Vui Kong, a young Malaysian faced with a death sentence in Singapore.

It is a last-minute attempt by Malaysian parliamentarians, lawyers and civil society activists to try and halt Yong’s execution as his clemency period ends next month.

Yong, who was only 19 when arrested for drug trafficking in 2007, had his execution in December last year halted when his lawyer M Ravi filed for a stay pending his clemency appeal.

Ravi when contacted said he is grateful for the support the parliamentarian is showing to the case, although he fears the motion may be blocked.

“This is my third round to Malaysia, I am really exhausted but am inspired by this sudden turn of events. I need all the support I can get,” he said.

Keeping case alive

Since last month, Ravi has been visiting Malaysia to highlight Yong’s case to drum up public support.

However, the high-profile case in Singapore has received little attention locally, until news websites started highlighting the issue recently.

NONEThe media attention resulted in the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore visiting Yong (left in photo), now 22, in Changi prison. They tried to broker a meeting between Ravi and de facto Law Minister Nazri Aziz, but the planned meeting was eventually aborted.

No reason was cited for the about-turn.

Ravi says he has however managed to secure a meeting with a deputy foreign minister on Monday at the parliament premises.

Singapore, like Malaysia, calls for death penalty on drugs-related charges. Despite the island-nation’s harsh laws, a German national did manage to dodge the gallows in 2002.NONE

Julia Suzanne Bohl, 23, was arrested in Singapore for possession of 687 grams of marijuana and other drugs in her apartment.

Bohl was eventually released in 2005 after laboratory tests showed the amount of pure drugs found in her apartment totaled only 281 grams – less than the 500-gram limit for marijuana which warrants the mandatory death sentence.

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要求辩论杨伟光新国问吊案,国会明裁定蔡添强紧急动议

7月4日傍晚 6点51分 ; 新闻来源:当今大马 (http://www1.malaysiakini.com/news/136369

人民公正党峇都国会议员蔡添强(下图)已经提呈一项紧急动议,以申请在明日的国会会议上,辩论大马籍青年杨伟光即将在新加坡问吊一事。

现年22岁的杨伟光,是在2007年因为运毒入境新加坡被捕,进而判处死刑。他本定于去年12月问吊,但他的的律师拉维(M Ravi)成功入禀宽恕申请令获批,展延行刑。

不过,这个展延期限将在下个月到期。我国国会议员、律师及公民团体目前正四处奔走,以冀望通过我国政府向新加坡政府交涉,挽回杨伟光的性命。

律师担忧动议或遭驳回

拉维在接受《当今大马》访问时,对于我国国会议员的义助感到欣慰,不过他担心这个动议将遭到驳回。

“这是我第3次来马,我真的感到很疲累,但我也对于这种义助感到欣慰。我必须获得更多的支持。”

从上个月起,拉维已经多次访马,以向马来西亚社会传达杨伟光的事情,并籍此获得公众的关注和支持。

纳兹里不知会面已告吹

不过,这宗在新加坡备受瞩目的案件,在本地却一直不甚受到关注,直至新闻网站最近开始跟进报道此事为止。

随着媒体的跟进,大马驻新加坡最高专员署日前派员监狱探望杨伟光(左图左),并尝试安排拉维与首相署部长纳兹里会面,唯这项会面最终告吹。

当局并未言明会面告吹的原因,纳兹里日前在国会走廊受询时,甚至表示毫不知情。

无论如何,拉维表示,本身上周一在国会大厦,成功与内政部长李志亮会面。

德国籍女子曾逃过死刑

新加坡与马来西亚一样,任何有关毒品的指控一旦成立,被告就得面对死刑处分。

虽然如此,一名德国籍女子茱利亚(Julia Suzanne Bohl)却曾在2002年逃过一劫。茱利亚是因为拥有687克的大麻及其他毒品被捕,但后来化验报告显示,她住所所搜获得毒品分量,真正只达281克,未达到500克大麻的死刑要求。

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