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