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Malaysia yields to rights groups, postpones execution of man for murder

Published on Feb 7, 2014 11:45 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia has postponed plans to execute a man for murder in a case that sparked an outcry from rights groups.

Chandran Paskaran, a Malaysian, was sentenced to hang in 2008 for killing another man in a fight five years earlier in the southern state of Johor.

Amnesty International earlier revealed that it learned the execution of Chandran - reported by Malaysian media to be around 30 years old - was set for Friday.

The government of the Muslim-majority country is tight-lipped about its application of capital punishment and has not confirmed the global rights group's claim.

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