Amnesty condemns 'secretive' execution of three Malaysians

Amnesty International finds execution of three men in Malaysia "shocking and disturbing"

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Photo by: AFP

Amnesty International condemned on Friday the execution of three men in Malaysia calling them "shocking and disturbing."

Their lawyer, Palaya Rengaiah told the Guardian that “The execution was done between 4:30 and 5:30 this morning,” adding that “They were hanged to death.”

Malaysian and international organisations issued appeals for authorities to halt the execution of Gunasegar Pitchaymuthu this week but the authorities did not pay heed to the calls and also hanged two brothers, Ramesh and Sasivarnam Jayakumar.

According to Rengaiah, the families of the three men were informed about the executions only two days beforehand so that they may pay them a last visit.   

The three men were found guilty of allegedly murdering a 25-year-old man in a playground in 2005.

“Secretive” executions are very common in Malaysia. However Malaysian officials said that the government may review its use of capital punishment.

Amnesty International’s Southeast Asia campaigns director Josef Benedict said in a statement that, “The fact that these state killings come at a time when the Malaysian government is actively discussing abolition of the mandatory death penalty makes them all the more shocking and disturbing."

"These hangings are a sickening reminder that the Malaysian authorities must redouble their efforts to establish a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition of the death penalty."

The Southeast Asia office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also condemned the execution of Pitchaymuthu on Thursday saying that they are "concerned by Malaysia’s practice of carrying out executions in secret."

Malaysian officials said nearly 1,000 inmates, mostly drug offenders, are awaiting their executions in prisons.

TRTWorld and agencies