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Selective prosecution? Yong Vui Kong’s latest constitutional challenge filed

A Criminal Motion has been filed in the Court of Appeal today on behalf of Yong Vui Kong. The motion challenges the constitutionality of the prosecution’s decision to charge Vui Kong with a crime that attracts the mandatory death penalty while withdrawing previous charges made against Vui Kong’s ‘boss’, Chia Choon Leng. In his affidavit, … Continue reading

Atiqah’s death sentence set aside!

Today we’ve received wonderful news: the Malaysian Court of Appeal has set aside Atiqah’s death sentence, replacing it with 12 years imprisonment. Following reductions and the time that Atiqah has already served, she will have about 5 more years to go before she can be released. Such news doesn’t come very often. We’re still waiting … Continue reading

Challenge of Attorney General’s discretion dismissed in capital offence case

By Ashok N The case of Ramalingam Ravinthran v Attorney-General (A-G) drew to a close at the Court of Appeal on 10 January 2012, with Chief Justice (CJ) Chan Sek Keong dismissing the motion put forth by the defendant’s lawyer Mr M. Ravi. The reopening  of this case during the clemency period and after all … Continue reading

Press Statement by YB Datuk Chua Soon Bui, Member of Parliament Tawau

YB Datuk Chua Soon Bui, Member of Parliament for Tawau, has submitted a memorandum of appeal on Yong Vui Kong, to His Excellency Dato’ Husein Hanif, the new Ambassador and Permanent Mission of Malaysia to United Nation (U.N) in the UN headquarter in New York in July. 斗湖国会议员,YB Datuk蔡顺梅 已在日前(7月)在联合国总部纽约提陈一份有关杨伟光案件的上诉于马来西亚驻联合国长期大使Dato’ Husein Hanif。 YB Datuk Chua briefed H.E Dato … Continue reading

Yong Vui Kong Petitions President S R Nathan for clemency

The following article was first published on The Online Citizen. by: Kirsten Han additional reporting by: Azhar Jalil / Lawyers representing convicted drug trafficker Yong Vui Kong have filed a petition for a presidential pardon yesterday evening, after their client’s final legal appeal was dismissed. The 46-point petition asks that Yong, a Malaysian citizen, be granted … Continue reading

Thoughts on changes to the death penalty in China.

Kirsten Han / The Supreme People’s Court of China, who took back the right to review every death sentence handed down by lower courts four years ago, has released its annual report, ordering death row inmates to be given a 2-year reprieve. (This does not apply to those cases where the courts have decided that … Continue reading

Dinesh Pillai Reja Retnam

On 14 April 2011 High Court Judge Chan Seng Onn sentenced 27-year-old Malaysian Indian Dinesh Pillai Reja Retnam to death under the Mandatory Death Penalty as stipulated in the Misuse of Drugs Act. Dinesh was arrested when 19.35g of heroin was found in a compartment under the seat of his motorcycle. It had been wrapped … Continue reading

Support between death row inmates.

On Monday morning Chun Yin’s father was outside Changi Prison collecting petition signatures calling for a stay for execution for his son. He met Vui Kong’s brother Yun Leong, who signed the petition. Another death row inmate’s sister also signed the petition, and took a few copies home to collect more signatures. It is wonderful … Continue reading