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Kho Jabing Loses 11th-Hour Appeal, Set To Be Executed Tomorrow

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Kho Jabing is set to be executed on Friday after a last-minute appeal to escape the gallows was dismissed by the Singapore Court of Appeal.

Jabing’s lawyer had on Wednesday filed an application challenging a court judgment that sentenced the Sarawakian to death, saying that the judge sat on two appeals involving the case.

Gino Hardial Singh filed the application challenging the court judgment on grounds of apparent bias as Court of Appeal judge Andrew Phang had sat on both of Jabing’s appeal hearings.

According to a Channel News Asia report Thursday, Hardial had argued that Phang’s involvement in the 2013 appeal essentially involved the judge deliberating over an appeal against his own decision – the one made in 2010.

A bid to commute Jabing’s death sentence at Singapore’s Court of Appeal failed last month.

Jabing, 31, from Ulu Baram, Sarawak, was found guilty of killing a Chinese construction worker with a tree branch back in 2008 during a robbery attempt.

He was scheduled to be executed on Nov 6 last year but received a stay the day before, after his lawyer filed a motion raising points of law about the way the case was handled.

The prosecution challenged the decision before the Court of Appeal, which again sentenced Jabing to death in a 3-2 majority decision earlier this year.

Jabing was sentenced to death in 2010 but in August 2013, following revisions to Singapore’s mandatory death penalty laws, the High Court sentenced him to life and 24 strokes of the cane instead.

On Oct 19, Singapore president Tony Tan rejected a clemency petition before a stay of execution by the Court of Appeal.

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