PETALING JAYA: The Singapore High Court has granted an interim stay of execution for Pausi Jefridin, a Sabahan with a low IQ, and Singaporean Roslan Bakar today, pending the filing of an appeal.
Pausi and Roslan, who also has a low IQ, were sentenced to death for drug trafficking in 2010. They were scheduled to be hanged today.
Zaid Malek of Lawyers for Liberty told FMT that S$20,000 (RM62,000) in security costs will need to be furnished by 1.45pm.
Lawyers for Pausi and Roslan had filed a new judicial review on an urgent basis yesterday evening in a bid to halt their execution, after a similar attempt to do so earlier the same day had been dismissed by Singapore’s Court of Appeal.
The men have been on death row for the past 12 years and were reportedly informed only last Wednesday that they would be executed today.
The United Nations (UN) yesterday urged Singapore to halt the imminent executions of the two men held for drug offences and to end its use of the death penalty altogether.
A spokesman for the UN’s office of the high commissioner for human rights (OHCHR), Ravina Shamdasani, expressed concern over how both men have intellectual disabilities.
Besides Pausi, another Malaysian, Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam, is also on death row. He filed two applications last month in an attempt to halt his death sentence. Singapore’s Court of Appeal is scheduled to deliver its decision at the end of the month.
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