European Union Delegation and Switzerland call upon Singapore to grant clemency to Kho Jabing

The European Union Delegation to Singapore issued a statement on Thursday (19 May 2016) in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission and the Embassy of Switzerland:

The European Union (EU) and Switzerland call on the Singapore Cabinet to grant clemency to 32-year-old Malaysian Kho Jabing.

Apart from the call for clemency to be granted, the EU, its Member States and Switzerland also continue to call on the Singaporean authorities to adopt a moratorium on executions.

The EU and Switzerland noted that whilst they do not refute the seriousness of the crime, they hold a principled position against the death penalty and are opposed to the use of capital punishment under any circumstances.

It is stated by the two entities that death penalty has not been shown in any way to act as a deterrent to crime. Furthermore, any errors – inevitable in any legal system – are irreversible. The EU and Switzerland will continue in their pursuit of the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.

“The EU and Switzerland join all of those who have asked for a review of Singapore’s current policy on the death penalty.”

Last year on 24 April, EU called for Singapore to reinstate its earlier moratorium on capital punishment after Muhammad Kadar, 39 was executed at Changi Prison Complex on 17 April.   Muhammad Kadar was convicted of stabbing a 69-year-old neighbour to death in her flat while robbing her.  (read the case here)

EU wrote in its statement, “The European Union calls on the Singaporean authorities to stop all pending executions and to reinstate its earlier moratorium on capital punishment as a first step towards definitive abolition of the death penalty,”