Singapore executes Malaysian murder convict

Singapore on Friday executed a Malaysian murder convict after a last-minute plea was rejected, police said.

“A 32-year-old male Malaysian national, Jabing Kho, had his death sentence carried out on 20 May 2016 at Changi Prison Complex,” the police said online, putting his given name first.

Kho was convicted of murder and sentenced to death on July 30, 2010 for the killing of a Chinese construction worker in 2008 during a botched robbery attempt.

His execution was earlier reported by activist group the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign.

"Kho Jabing was executed at 3:30 pm" (0730 GMT) campaigner Rachel Zeng was quoted as saying by news portal Malaysiakini, reporting the convict's age as 31.

His sentence was initially commuted to life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane after Singapore reviewed its death penalty laws in 2012.

But in January 2015, the Singaporean Court of Appeal reimposed the death sentence on Kho in a unanimous decision.

Last update: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 14:38

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