SVKC Urge Malaysia Gov to Seek VK Justice at ICJ

SVKC together with VK Counsel M Ravi held a Press Conference at Malaysian Houses of Parliament today (15/6/2011)and urged the Malaysia Government to take Yong Vui Kong’s case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

In the PC, Mr Ravi said VK “did not receive a fair trial given the fact that Chief Justice was in conflict of interest in proceeding to hear the case, despite a valid application to recuse him from hearing the case.” And VK suffered the “the greatest injustice as a result“

Memo was handed over to representative from Foreign Ministry, Encik Ahmad Nordin, Pengawai Tugas-Tugas Khas to Foreign Ministry

Following is the complete Memorandum

To:      Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Anifah Hj Aman
Foreign Minister of Malaysia

Re:      Malaysian sentenced to death in Singapore – Yong Vui Kong

Date:   15th June 2011

Yang Berhormat,

We wish to bring to your attention the case of Yong Vui Kong.

Yong Vui Kong, a Malaysian citizen sentenced to death in Singapore for drug trafficking. Yong has exhausted his appeal and his sentence was upheld. Subsequent to the appeal, Yong is to file a petition for clemency to the President.

However, before Yong file such petition, the Law Minster had uttered the words that “Yong Vui Kong, he is young, but if we let him go, what is the signal we are sending?”

Yong’s lawyer filed an application for judicial review on the grounds that this statement had pre-judged and prejudiced Yong’s clemency petition, taking into account that the then Attorney General, Mr Walter Woon has confirmed in court that though the prerogative power lies with the President, it is actually the cabinet that decides. The High Court dismissed this application. Yong appealed to the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal.

At the hearing of the Court of Appeal, Yong’s lawyer made an application on 4th April 2011 for the Chief Justice, Mr Chan Sek Keong, to recuse/disqualify himself from hearing the appeal, premised on the grounds that:-

  1. this application, inter alia, requests the court to decide on whether the President must act on the advise of the cabinet on the matters relating to the President’s prerogative power on clemency.
  2. the Chief Justice who was the Attorney-General from 1992 to 2006, was in the position to advise and ought to have advised the President and/or the cabinet relating to the President’s prerogative power on clemency during such period;
  3. thus there is a conflict of interest when the Chief Justice is to now decide on the matter which he had and/or ought to have advised the President and/or the cabinet about the clemency powers of the President

The Court of Appeal dismissed this application. It was recorded then that since the Court of Appeal is the apex court in Singapore, Yong does not have a redress to appeal on this dismissal.

Yong has suffered the greatest injustice as a result. Thus Yong did not receive a fair trial given the fact that Chief Justice was in conflict of interest in proceeding to hear the case, despite a valid application to recuse him from hearing the case.

In view of this, Yong suffers a breach of customary international law in so far as a fair trial had been denied to him.

The Malaysian Government should take immediate steps to protect their citizen in a foreign land, especially when a life is at stake. Therefore, we humbly request that this matter be brought before the International Court of Justice for adjudication without further delay.

Yours Faithfully,
Yong Vun Leong (brother to Yong Vui Kong)
Mr M Ravi (counsel for Yong Vui Kong)
Save Vui Kong Campaign, Malaysia

死囚杨伟光未获公平审讯 律师促政府入禀国际法庭独立

新闻在线 Jun 15, 2011

【本刊翁慧琪撰述/苏晓枫摄影】

因运毒而在新加坡被判死刑的我国公民杨伟光的新国代表律师拉维称,杨伟光并未获得公平审讯,今天再度到国会递交备忘录给外交部长,要求马来西亚政府将此案带上国际法庭。

拉维(M.Ravi,左图)促马来西亚政府为了其国民入禀国际法庭(International Court of Justice),因为杨伟光在新加坡受审时受到不公平待遇,更没有获得公平审讯。

他申诉,新加坡首席大法官陈锡强曾任总检察官,并就赦免问题向总统提出建议,存有利益冲突的问题,所以要求撤换审理法官,但不成功。

“他在国际法律之下享有其权利。马来西亚政府不能够说:我们不能够插手因为是新加坡的国际程序,那为何我们要签署国际法律的协议?为什么要有国际法律?”

班底谷(Lembah Pantai)国会议员努鲁依莎(Nurul Izzah,右下图)、也希望首相纳吉能够采取行动,看看目前凑获超过10万个签名支持,不要只说“不能够插手”,至少政府能够入禀投诉到国际法庭。

他们今天欲递交署名马来西亚杨伟光后援会、拉维和杨伟光的哥哥杨运良的备忘录给外交部长阿尼法(Anifah Aman)。

去年八月份,杨伟光家属与外交部长阿尼法会面。阿尼法曾表示,新加坡外交部在回函中并没表明赦免杨伟光死刑,而马来西亚政府已经用尽法律与外交途径。

其他出席记者会的人士包括峇都区国会议员蔡添强、沙巴人民进步党斗湖(Tawau)国会议员蔡顺梅和杨伟光后援会协调员饶兆颖今天在国会走廊召开记者会。

较后,他们也成功将备忘录交给外交部长的特别助理阿末诺丁(Ahmad Nordin)。

上诉庭已经驳回诉求

沙巴23岁青年杨伟光是在2008年因运送47克海洛英到新加坡而遭警方逮捕。根据新加坡的毒品法令,只要任何人身上搜获15克海洛英就将面对强制死刑。法庭在2009年1月宣判杨伟光死刑。

新加坡律政部长山姆甘(K. Shanmugam)在去年5月9日公开表明:“杨伟光是年轻。但若我们说,‘我们让你走’,我们传达了什么讯息?”之后,其所代表之律政部又再于7月9日发出文告维护山姆甘言论,强调此乃为了“公共利益”。

2010年7月28日,新加坡高庭开庭审理死囚杨伟光的司法复核案。杨伟光律师拉维认为新加坡律政部长山姆甘及律政部发言导致杨伟光的特赦申请未提先决,是越权、违宪之举,要求高庭裁决恢复该国宪法赋予总统之权力。

新加坡高等法庭在8月13日宣判,新加坡总统不可自行决定赦免死刑,内阁是唯一的决定单位。法庭也裁决律政部长山姆甘在死囚杨伟光案中发表的言论并无偏颇。

今年4月4日,新加坡上诉庭驳回了我国青年死囚杨伟光的上诉申请,裁定新加坡总统没有绝对权力宽赦死囚。上诉庭认为,律政部长的评论只是反映立法政策,不会对杨伟光的宽赦申请造成偏见(prejudice)

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Other reports:

Seek justice at World Court, lawyer urges M’sian govt (Free Malaysia Today)

Lawyer for Yong Vui Kong urges Malaysia Parliament to appeal to ICJ (the online citizen)

Group urges Sabahan’s case be referred to ICJ  (Daily Express)

Bid to refer VuiKong’s case to ICJ (Borneo Post)

杨伟光律师再促政府施援 (当今大马)

公正党促维护异乡国民 杨伟光案应交国际法庭  (南洋商报)

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