Category Archives: Kho Jabing

STATEMENT: Grant clemency to Kho Jabing after Court of Appeal ruling

We are disappointed by the Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss Kho Jabing’s motion to set aside his death sentence, but respect the Court’s decision on the matter.

We are of the view that there are compelling reasons for Kho Jabing to be granted clemency. Most importantly, two out of three judges who heard the prosecution’s appeal for the death sentence thought that Jabing did not deserve the death penalty. If we include the High Court judge who originally re-sentenced Jabing to life imprisonment with caning, a total of 3 judges agreed that the death sentence was not warranted in this case. In such situations, a wrongful execution is a real danger, and it is crucial that we err on the side of caution. The death sentence is, after all, final and irreversible.

The power to remedy this potential miscarriage of justice lies with the President, in accordance with Cabinet’s advice. We strongly urge both the President and the Cabinet to grant Kho Jabing clemency and substitute his death sentence with a sentence of life imprisonment.

UPDATE: Funding for #SaveJabing

When we heard that Jabing’s clemency petition had been rejected, we launched a fundraising appeal to raise money to fly his mother Lenduk and sister Jumai to Singapore, as well as to campaign for his sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment.

We are grateful that many friends and supporters of We Believe in Second Chances and the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign came forward to contribute towards the expenses that would be incurred in the struggle to save Jabing.

As of 16 November we have raised $4,305.


 

As promised, we will be releasing updates as to the funding situation, and what our expenses have been:

Flights: $844.11
We flew Jumai and Lenduk from Miri to Singapore on 26 October. When Jabing’s execution date was scheduled, we flew his cousin Juliah from Miri to Singapore so that she could provide support to both Jumai and Lenduk. When Jabing’s execution was stayed, we flew Juliah home to Miri so that she could get back to work. We have also flown Jumai, Lenduk and a representative from Second Chances to Kuala Lumpur to engage with Malaysian human rights groups and campaign in Malaysia.

Accommodation: $1,151.24
We booked the family accommodation in a hostel in Singapore, and had to extend their stay in the hostel a few times.

Other travel costs: $213.05
These costs include taxi costs that were incurred in the course of the campaign, such as taxi rides to meetings with lawyers, or to court. Some compensation was also given to volunteers in the event they had to take a taxi to the hostel to meet the family, or had to go home late at night after meetings.

Food and other expenses: $1,135.88
This includes meals as well as other expenses such as medication for Lenduk, top-ups for SIM cards and an allowance to the family for their needs while in Singapore.

Legal: $20
Although Mr Chandra Mohan is taking on Jabing’s case pro bono, we are hoping to cover other legal expenses such as the costs that come with swearing affidavits, filing fees, photocopying and other administrative costs.

For Jabing: $174.60
This is for costs incurred that are directly related to Jabing, such as the clothing that the prison wanted his family to buy for his pre-execution photo shoot.

We still have a little over $700 for the #SaveJabing campaign and for his family. We anticipate more costs in terms of flights – in case other trips to Malaysia are required for the campaign – and accommodation, as well as legal costs and other expenses.

If you would like to support our efforts, please get in touch with either Second Chances (contact@secondchances.asia) or the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (rachelabsinthe@gmail.com) to find out how you can donate/contribute to the campaign.

Apart from contributions to these running expenses we are also accepting pledges in case the worst happens and we do not succeed in saving Jabing. In that case, the family might require assistance in terms of funeral/repatriation costs. Pledging means that you are allowing us to call on you and rely on the amount you have pledged when the need arises.