Sarawakian convicted in Singapore to hang next Friday, family reeling

Kho Jabing’s family, (from left) uncle Sunggoh Baling, mother Lenduk Baling, uncle Lunchom Gansi and sister Jumai at a press conference in Kuching, May 1, 2016. — Picture by Sulok Tawie© Provided by The Malay Mail Online Kho Jabing’s family, (from left) uncle Sunggoh Baling, mother Lenduk Baling, uncle Lunchom Gansi and sister Jumai at a press conference in Kuching, May 1, 2016. — Picture by Sulok Tawie KUCHING, May 13 ― Convicted killer Kho Jabing is scheduled to be executed by Singapore’s prison authority on May 20, his sister Jumai Kho said today.“Yes, I am shocked after reading a letter from Singapore saying that my brother is scheduled to be executed next Friday,” she told Malay Mail Online.She said the letter about the scheduled execution was addressed to her mother Lenduk Baling, and asked the family to make preparations to take Jabing’s body back to Miri.

Jumai said her mother, who received the letter two days ago, is still in great shock and unable to accept the news.

“My mother and I, with  the help of an NGO and Kirsten Han, founding member of We Believe in Second Chances movement, are making arrangement to go to Singapore,” she said.

Han, in a statement received by Malay Mail Online today, said the news of the scheduled execution comes as a surprise.

“We had been working under the impression that Jabing would be entitled to a fresh clemency petition following the dismissal of his criminal motion in April this year,” she said.

She said Jabing’s lawyers have been working on this clemency petition, which has not yet been submitted.

“We were therefore not expecting the execution to be scheduled so soon.

“We are currently assessing the options available,” she added.

Jabing, 32, from Ulu Baram, Sarawak was found guilty by the Singapore High Court on July 30, 2010 of killing a Chinese construction worker with a tree branch back in 2008 during a robbery attempt.

He was scheduled to be executed last November 6 but received a stay the day before, after his lawyer filed a motion raising points of law about the way the case was handled.

On April 5, the Court of Appeal decided to uphold the death sentence, and lifted the stay of execution.

On May 1, Jabing’s family members made a desperate appeal to Sarawak’s politicians, political parties and non-governmental organisations to  plea to the Singapore government to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment.

According to Lenduk, who spoke to reporters in Kuching, Jabing had been the sole breadwinner in the family after the death of her husband in 2008 and Jumai setting up her own family after her marriage. – Malay Mail Online

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