Cheers to life! – An update on Noor Atiqah
In March 2011, we received the unfortunate news of Noor Atiqah, a Singaporean single mother, who was sentenced to death in Malaysia. We visited the family and friends who came together as a united front to raise funds for her legal battle against the cruel sentence and never once did they waver in their belief that she was innocent. Their efforts paid off and they managed to hire the service of Malaysian lawyer Gobind Singh Deo to appeal against the sentence on Atiqah’s behalf. You can read about Atiqah’s story here, and a report on her appeal here.
Today, I am extremely delighted to provide the update that her death sentence has been overturned and replaced by 12 years of imprisonment instead. It is a joyous piece of news to celebrate upon and I congratulate her family, friends and lawyers for their achievement. Although I believe that Atiqah does not deserve a single day in prison for she was being set up unknowingly (there is a history of similar cases happening in the region involving Nigerian drug syndicates), having the unjustified death sentence overturned means that she will be able to hold her daughter in her arms once again when she finishes her prison sentence in Malaysia.
I am truly happy for her, the team behind Save Atiqah as well as her young daughter. Congratulations to Atiqah, her family and friends.
To Malaysia: at least you have proven to be more progressive than your neighbour down south. 🙂
Cheers to life!