MADPET is for the Abolition of Death Penalty, an end of torture and abuse of rights by the police, an end to death in custody, an end to police shoot to kill incidents, for greater safeguards to ensure a fair trial, for a right to one phone call and immediate access to a lawyer upon arrest, for the repeal of all laws that allow for detention without trial and an immediate release of all those who are under such draconian laws.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Five Filipinos on Death Row in Malaysia were granted clemency
Death sentence on OFW meted out by Malaysian court under appeal
Philippines–The Philippine Embassy in Malaysia on Friday said that the
death penalty imposed on a Filipino woman for drug trafficking by a
Kuala Lumpur court was on appeal and that the sentence would not be
carried out anytime soon.
The Shah Alam High Court meted the death penalty on the Filipino
on Sept. 28 after finding her guilty of trafficking 800 grams of heroin
and morphine. Attending the sentencing were court-appointed counsel and
two Embassy representatives.
“Her defense counsel filed a notice of appeal before the
Malaysian Court of Appeal right after the sentence was imposed by the
lower court. Appeal proceedings in Malaysia generally take some two
years or even more. Even after a guilty verdict is handed down at that
level, the case can be elevated to the Federal Court.
In the event that
the Federal Court will uphold the capital punishment conviction, an
application for an executive clemency will be undertaken,” consul
general Medardo Macaraig said in a statement.
The consul added that the embassy “is not leaving any stone unturned in providing assistance to her.”
Macaraig said the Filipino woman was represented by legal counsel
during the criminal trial, and embassy representatives attended her
hearings right from the start and have been visiting her in jail.
She said the embassy was also in “constant communication” with
the convict’s family through the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office
of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs.
“We still have a long way to go. There is much room for hope,” he added.
The Filipino was apprehended on 28 March 2010 at the Kuala Lumpur
International Airport en route to Vietnam by Malaysian authorities
where a bag containing heroin and morphine was seized from her.
She was tried by the high court in Shah Alam, the capital of the Malaysian state of Selangor where the KLIA is located.
During her trial, she claimed that the bag was given to her by a
Nigerian on the way to the airport, who is a friend of an acquaintance
she met in Malaysia.
When she was apprehended, two agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency also interviewed her, Macaraig said.