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#Mercy4Jabing – Fundraising Call

After months of waiting, we found out that Singapore’s Court of Appeal have decided to uphold Kho Jabing’s death sentence after all.

The decision was a devastating blow to Jabing’s mother Lenduk and his sister Jumai. There are no more legal avenues open to Jabing – his only hope is for the Cabinet of the Republic of Singapore to advise the President to grant him clemency.

It is a long shot, but Jabing’s family are ready to try. And as long as they are willing to keep fighting, we will continue to support and help them however we can.

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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.

Urgent support needed for Kho Jabing and family

The news hit us like a ton of bricks. We’d been waiting for months, through SG50 celebrations to the hectic days of the general election to the post-Polling Day lull. And although we had strong suspicions of what the answer would be, the confirmation came as a shock. 

On 22 October we found out that Kho Jabing’s clemency appeal had been rejected. President Tony Tan, acting on the advice of the Cabinet, would be continuing his predecessor’s practice of not granting any pardons to any death row inmate. (The last clemency granted was in 1998.)

Jabing, now 31, was first sentenced to death in 2010 under the mandatory death penalty after a 2008 robbery and assault of construction Cao Ruyin resulted in Cao’s death. Amendments to the mandatory death penalty allowed his death sentence to be set aside in favour of life imprisonment with 24 strokes of the cane. But the prosecution appealed, and the Court of Appeal bench sentenced him, once again, to death. The decision was not unanimous: three judges decided that the death penalty was appropriate, two disagreed.

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