Urgent Action: Mercy for Jabing


Kho Jabing, a 31 year old Sarawakan on death row in Singapore, had his clemency petition rejected by the President on the advise of the Cabinet on 19 October 2015. He has exhausted all legal avenues and is at risk of being executed soon.

Jabing and fellow Sarawakan Galing Anak Kujat were first sentenced to the mandatory death penalty in 2010, in a case of robbery with assault which had led to the death of a construction worker Cao Ruyin in 2008.

In 2011, the Court of Appeal decided to lower the Galing’s charges, and convicted him of robbery with hurt. Galing was then sentenced to 18 years and 6 months in jail, with 19 strokes of the cane. Kho Jabing’s sentence was affirmed, and he remained on death row.

After the amendments to the Penal Code, which allowed judges sentencing discretion for certain categories of murder, were enacted in 2013, Kho Jabing’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, with 24 strokes of the cane. However, the Prosecution decided to appeal against the outcome of the re-sentencing.

On 14 January 2015, he was re-sentenced to death, after the five-judge panel at the Court of Appeal decided that he had exhibited a “blatant disregard for human life” in an non-unanimous three-to-two decision. Both dissenting judges stated that there was “reasonable doubt whether Jabing’s blows were all afflicted when the deceased was laying on the ground”, which made it “unsafe to conclude beyond reasonable doubt that he acted in a way which exhibited a blatant disregard for human life”.

The Singapore Working Group on the Death Penalty had written an open letter to the Cabinet, calling for mercy for Jabing. We encourage you to do the same. You can send your letter to the following:

President of Singapore
His Excellency Tony Tan Keng Yam Office of the President of the Republic of Singapore
Orchard Road, Singapore 238823
Fax: (65) 67353135
Email: istana_feedback@istana.gov.sg

Prime Minister of Singapore
Lee Hsien Loong Prime Minister’s Office
Istana Annexe, Orchard Road, Singapore 238823
Fax: (65) 63328983
Email: lee_hsien_loong@pmo.gov.sg

Minister of Law and Home Affairs
Mr. K Shanmugam
100 High Street, #08-02 The Treasury, Singapore 179434
Fax: (65) 6332 8842
Email: k_shanmugam@mlaw.gov.sg