The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has strongly rejected claims by various Malaysian media reports that Singapore is targeting Malaysian prisoners for execution. This comes in the wake of several Malaysians already on death row in Singapore getting their clemency petitions rejected.
The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia condemns the execution of Malaysian national Prabagaran Srivijayan. It noted the increase of executions in Singapore and was concerned about how they are conducted in "secretive" manner. "We reiterate our position that drugs related offences are not considered as a ‘most serious crime’ under international law and should not carry the death penalty. We also reiterate previous calls to the Singaporean government to immediately instate a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, which we believe has no place in the 21st century."
Human rights activist Kirsten Han writes a eulogy for both the deceased drug courier Muhammad Ridzuan Ali, who was hanged at 6AM on 19 May, Friday, and another drug courier, Kho Jabing, who was hanged one year earlier on 20 May.
With 24 hours left before he was to be hanged for his crimes, Malaysian murderer Kho Jabing received a stay of execution on his death sentence. Jabing's lawyers had filed a criminal motion yesterday at the Singapore Court of Appeals to request a remittance of his case. The court granted the stay of execution but has not mentioned when the case will be mentioned again.
In retaliation for the burning of a Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State (IS), Jordan has hanged a female would-be suicide bomber in their custody whose release had been demanded by IS on Tuesday. Sajida al-Rishawi, the female suicide bomber, was sentenced to death for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack that killed 60 people.
Authorities were on Monday investigating the suspected involvement of Western extremists in the brutal video by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group claiming the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig. The killing of Kassig and the simultaneous beheadings of at least 18 Syrian military personnel in the video sparked global horror, with US President Barack Obama calling it "an act of pure evil". It was the latest in a series of atrocities by ISIS, a Sunni Muslim extremist group that has seized control of large parts of both those countries.