Pannir escapes Singaporean gallows for now

Pannir escapes Singaporean gallows for now

PUCHONG: The Singapore Court of Appeal today granted a stay of execution for Malaysian who was convicted of drug trafficking in the island state.

“Court of Appeal presided by the Chief Justice (Sundaresh Menon) granted the stay of execution to enable Pannir Selvam to challenge the clemency process,” said Lawyers for Liberty adviser N Surendran in a tweet.

In June 2017, Pannir Selvan Pranthaman was convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore, which carries the death penalty.

His family had sent many appeals against the sentence, including an appeal to Singapore President Halimah Yaacob but was unsuccessful.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the government is trying its best to help Pannir, who is scheduled to be hanged on Friday, with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong leading the way.

“Just now I discussed it with Liew and he is working on behalf of Putrajaya to try and convince the Singapore government to spare him the death penalty,” Saifuddin was reported saying.

By G Vinod

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