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9th October 2019, 12:45:06 UTC

Hoo Yew Wah who was convicted and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty on 12 May 2011 after he was found in possession of drugs in 2005. Both of his appeals were rejected in September 2012 and July 2013.

The mandatory death penalty, as well as the imposition of the death penalty for drug-related offences, are violations of international law.

He was arrested in 2005 at the age of 20 for possession of 188.35 grams of methamphetamine, he was convicted on the basis of a statement he made at the time of arrest without a lawyer present and which the police wrote down in Malay.

He later contested this statement in court, noting inaccuracies and adding that the police had tortured him by breaking his finger during interrogation and threatened to beat his girlfriend to make him sign it.

The judge dismissed these claims without further investigation.

He remains in limbo but he is not at imminent risk of execution since the government has established a nation-wide moratorium on executions in July 2018.

Hoo Yew Wah applied for pardon to the Sultan of Johor State on 7 April 2014 and his petition has been pending since.

“If given a chance, I want to prove that I have changed.” – Hoo Yew Wah

Support Hoo Yew Wah’s clemency appeal and encourage reforms towards abolition of the death penalty by petitioning the Sultan of Johor State.

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