For the second time, the planned execution of convicted murderer Kho Jabing was put on hold yet again just hours before he was scheduled to be hanged early this morning.
The 31-year-old Sarawakian was given a stay of execution late last night after his lawyer Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss filed an originating summons challenging the “constitutionality of certain aspects of the amendments to the mandatory death penalty in Singapore”.
Yesterday, an 11th-hour application to set aside the death sentence was dismissed yet again — but Chong-Aruldoss launched a separate suit against the attorney general. While the appeal will be heard this morning, Kho’s execution will be put on hold for now.
It’s been six years since Kho was first sentenced to death for killing Chinese construction worker Cao Ruyin in a violent robbery carried out in 2008.
Amnesty International Malaysia and Human Rights Watch have both called on Singapore to halt the execution and review the case. The state however seems adamant on his execution — though Kho was re-sentenced to a life’s term in jail in 2013, a successful appeal by the prosecution reinstated his death sentence in January 2015. President Tony Tan has refused to grant clemency to Kho as well.