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.

2 thoughts on “STATEMENT: Grant clemency to Kho Jabing after Court of Appeal ruling”

  1. What potential for miscarrage of justice is there? This man together with his gang went on an armed robbery spree causing serious injuries and death to multiple victims. The only miscarrage of justice is that the others in his gang were spared.

    You human rights hippies talk so much about sparing this animals but who is going to pay for their up keep? How much taxes do you pay? Are you going to create a fund to pay for the upkeep of an inmate sentenced to life inprisoment? Executing them is both fast and efficient.

    Not to mention that the “human rights” you expouse are neither universal nor recognised in singapore. They are the west’s interpretation of how humans should be treated which is vastly different from how asian societies perceive the community’s rights to be above that of the individual. The assertion that human life is valuable and precious is both illogical and being wilfully ignorant. Global human population continues to grow and while there is a shortage of top talent, there is an abundance of low grade labour. The human race’s progress will not be impeded in anyway with one less criminal among the living. Any one who has done a days work must notice that humans are not created equally and to deem that all humans are valuable irregardless of contribution is just patently false.

    For the longest while the left has attempted to take political space and it is imperitive that those who are opposed must voice their opposition to their insidious attempts to rewrite our social norms.

    1. The potential for miscarriage of justice in apparent in the fact that three judges (one in the High Court and two in the Court of Appeal) had felt that the death penalty was not the appropriate punishment in this case. If three learned judges disagree, can we say for sure that there is no doubt?

      We do not oppose the death penalty because we want to ape the West. Nor do we agree with your assertion that certain rights are not recognised in Singapore. We believe that all societies are capable of examining the evidence and moral arguments and deciding on what’s right, and our aim is to be able to educate and persuade Singaporeans that the death penalty has no place in a developed, civilised legal system.

      We do not believe that the death penalty serves any purpose in crime reduction or keeping people safe – surely that should be our first concern when thinking about criminal justice? Capital punishment is currently used as an easy way out, without holistically considering the issues of crime and punishment and how we can best prevent offences from being committed.

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