M Ravi, in his capacity as founder of the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC), has delivered a petition to President Tony Tan at the Istana on Thursday morning.
Mr Ravi, who is a well-known human rights campaigner, is asking the President to request “the immediate cancellation of the Warrant of Execution” issued for Muhammad Ridzuan Ali.
Muhammad is scheduled to be hanged on Friday morning for his 2010 crime of drug trafficking involving heroin. The capital offence carries a mandatory death sentence under Singapore’s Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA).
The death sentence meted out to Muhammad has raised questions and concerns over the role of the Public Prosecutor and his powers to issue the Certificate of Cooperation (COC).
The Prosecutor, in this case, has declined to issue Muhammad with the COC which would have enabled the latter to apply to the courts to have his sentenced commuted to life imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane.
Muhammad’s accomplice in the crime, Abdual Haleem, who was also charged for the same offence, was instead issued the COC, raising questions about how the Prosecutor decided to issue the COC to one and not the other.
Also, there are two cases pending in Malaysian courts involving two other inmates in Singapore and their treatment by the legal system here. Lawyers for the two are asking the courts there to compel the Malaysian government to take the cases to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Mr Ravi argues that because of these cases pending before the Malaysian courts, which would have relevance for Muhammad’s case, the President should cancel the Warrant of Execution which he has issued for Muhammad, pending the outcome of the cases in Malaysia.
Here is the full petition from M Ravi: