MALAYSIA: DEATH ROW INMATE SPARED THE NOOSE THANKS TO ROYAL PARDON
February 27, 2017: A man who was sentenced to death for drug trafficking in 2009 has received a second chance at life after Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah granted him a pardon.
Shahrul Izani Suparman, 33, and his family were told of the news a week ago at the Sungai Buloh prison.
His mother, Sapenah Nawawi, 59, who had been working together with Amnesty International Malaysia to save his life, said she was very happy that her son got a second chance.
âI am very grateful to God. I would like to thank His Royal Highness for granting him a pardon and thank you to everyone who has been fighting to save his life,â she told a press conference on February 27.Â
In September 2003, Shahrul Izani, then 19, was arrested during a routine roadblock after being found in possession of 622gm of cannabis.
In December 2009, he was convicted by the Shah Alam High Court for drug trafficking, an offence that carries the mandatory death penalty.
Amnesty International Malaysia took up Shahrulâs case, making calls to the Selangor Pardons Board to commute the death sentence.
More than 10,000 signatures from all over the world were collected in an appeals campaign that began in 2015.
Amnesty International Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshni said that while this battle was won as a life had been saved, the use of the death penalty continues.
âThe secrecy surrounding executions in Malaysia (further) tarnishes our eroding human rights record at the global level.
âNow that the Sultan of Selangor has granted Shahrulâs clemency application, we hope that the Federal Government will exercise its political will and abolish the mandatory death penalty as a first step towards total abolition,â she said. (Sources: thestar.com.my, 27/02/2017)