S’pore must stay execution of Michael anak Garing to consider urgent clemency petition
20 March 2019
We refer to scheduled execution of Malaysian Michael anak Garing in Changi prison on Friday 22 March 2019.
Today the parents of Michael, Ensiring anak Garman and Garing anak Kanyan have sent in a clemency petition to the President of Singapore.
Singapore law does not prevent a fresh petition of clemency from being lodged with the President.
The petition dated 19.3.2019 was hand-delivered this morning by Michael’s brother and other family members to the Istana.
In the petition, Michael’s parents have asked for Michael’s life to be spared. They said, ” We humbly ask the President of Singapore for mercy and compassion to spare the life of our son Michael”.
The parents also apologised to the family of the victim of the crime.
They finally said, ” We do not want to excuse our son’s offence, but we ask for mercy. Please commute his sentence to life imprisonment”.
We greatly appreciate the announcement today by Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr Mahathir of his support and efforts for the commutation of the death sentence upon Michael.
We hope the President of Singapore and the Singapore government will give very serious consideration to the parent’s clemency petition on behalf of Michael, and the appeal of Tun Mahathir and our government.
Pending consideration of these matters, we respectfully ask that the Singapore authorities stay the execution planned for Friday.
Lawyers for Liberty