Wednesday, August 10

Two Malaysians on Singapore death row fail bid to get govt’s intervention

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KUALA LUMPUR: Two Malaysians who are on death row in Singapore for drug trafficking yesterday failed to obtain leave for a judicial review to compel the government to intervene by referring the republic to the International Court of Justice (IJC).

This followed a decision by High Court judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah in dismissing the applications by  S Prabagaran, 30, and his mother, V Eswary, 54, as well as K Datchinamurthy, 32, and his mother, A Letchumi, 54.

Hanipah made the decision in chambers in a proceeding attended by their lawyers, N Surendran and Latheefa Koya, as well as Senior Federal Counsel Datuk Umar Saifuddin Jaafar and Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud, who represented the Home Minister and the government, and lawyer Andrew Khoo, from the Bar Council.

Surendran, when met by reporters, said the applications were dismissed on the grounds that the court had no jurisdiction to interfere in such a case as it  involved a policy of a foreign country.

“No cost to order was made as the case involved public interest,” he said, adding that an appeal would be filed soon against this decision.

Prabagaran and Datchinamurthy, together with their mothers, filed the application on Jan 16 and Feb 3, respectively. They named Home Minister and the Malaysian government as respondents. — Bernama