Malaysia will not interfere in Singapore's death row cases

SINGAPORE (BERNAMA) - Malaysia will not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, including a court case involving a Malaysian death row inmate in Singapore.

"We are aware that there is an effort to put pressure to bring a particular court case here to a higher profile," an told Bernama.Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Ilango Karuppann

It was reported that Malaysian death row inmate S. Prabagaran, 30, was making a judicial review application to direct the government to start proceedings against Singapore in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over his conviction for drug trafficking.

The Malaysian foreign ministry and the Malaysian government were named as respondents in the application which was filed at the Malaysian High Court registry in January this year.

The inmate was sentenced to death in September 2014 and has reportedly exhausted all appeals in Singapore.

Asked how many Malaysians are on death row in Singapore, the high commissioner declined to reveal the number.

In another case, Singapore's Court of Appeal on Monday (Feb 27) upheld the sentences handed down to two Sarawakians convicted of a brutal murder in the 2010 Kallang slashings.

Micheal Garing, 28, who had wielded a 58cm-long parang, was given the death penalty, while Tony Imba, 38, was sentenced to life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane.

The pair were part of a gang that had gone on a late-night robbery spree in the Kallang area in May 2010, severely injuring three victims and killing a fourth.

Another suspect who was arrested in Malaysia last month, Donny Meluda, has been charged with murder.If convicted, he will also face the death penalty.