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EXTRA 55/91 - Malaysia: death penalty: Rusli bin Man, Mat Sharif bin Sulaiman

, Index number: ASA 28/007/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 28/07/91
Distr: UA/SC
This request for action is being sent to seven sections only by
e-mail/telex/fax only as a limited number of appeals is needed. Please organize
up to fifteen appeals per section.
EXTRA 55/91 Death Penalty 21 August 1991
MALAYSIA Rusli bin Man
Mat Sharif bin Sulaiman
On 7 August 1991 the Supreme Court dismissed the appeals of two men sentenced
to death on 5 April 1987 by the Alor Star High Court for drug trafficking.
Rusli bin Man, a labourer, and Mat Sharif bin Sulaiman, a petrol pump operator,
had been found guilty of trafficking in 4,266gm of cannabis at Kampong Baru,
Kedah on 28 December 1983.
All death sentences in Malaysia are automatically reviewed by a Pardons
Board. As the cases of Rusli bin Man and Mat Sharif bin Sulaiman were originally
heard by the Alor Star High Court, their cases will be reviewed by the Pardons
Board for Kedah. It will pass it's recommendations to the Yang di-Pertuan
Agong (King), who has sole authority to grant pardon or suspend or commute
the sentence. This is the last avenue of appeal for clemency. To Amnesty
International's knowledge, however, there have been only two occasions when
a Pardon's Board has recommended commutation of a death sentence.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION (this is the same as TLX 48/91)
The death penalty is provided for under a number of laws in Malaysia and is
mandatory for some firearms offences, murder and for certain drugs offences.
From 1985 to the end of December 1990, 84 executions took place to Amnesty
International's knowledge.
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases as a violation
of the right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or
degrading punishment, as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters:
- expressing concern that Rusli bin Man and Mat Sharif bin Sulaiman have been
sentenced to death and that as this decision has been upheld by the Supreme
Court they may face execution;
- stating Amnesty International's unconditional opposition to the death
penalty;
- urging that the sentence be commuted and that no more death sentences be
imposed.
page 2 of EXTRA 55/91
APPEALS TO:
The Ruler of Kedah:
DYMM Tuanku Haji Abdul Your Majesty
Halim Mu'adzam Shah inbi
Al-Marhum Sultan Badlishah
Istana
Alor Star
Kedah, Malaysia
Telegrams: Ruler Kedah, Alor Star, Kedah, Malaysia
Telexes: 42265 SUKED MA
Menteri Besah of Kedah State Dear Sir
Office of the Menteri Besah
Alor Star
Kedah, Malaysia
Telegrams: Kedah State Menteri Besah, Alor Star, Kedah,
Malaysia
YAB Dato' Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad Dear Prime
Prime Minister Minister
Prime Minister's Office
Jalan Dato' Onn
50502 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telexes: 33099 PERMA MA; 30091 LARAS MA;
30098 EPUPM MA
(for the attention of Prime Minister Mahathir)
Faxes: + 60 3 238 3784
+ 60 3 238 7214
+ 60 3 238 7215
COPIES TO:
Datuk Sri Datuk Talib bin Othman
Attorney General
Attorney General's Office
20th Floor, Bangunan Bank Rakyat
Jalan Raja Laut
50350 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
YB Datuk Syed Hamid bin Syed Jaafar Albar
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
21st Floor
Bangunan Kuwasa
Jalan Raja Laut
50506 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Faxes: +60 3 293 4754
and to diplomatic representatives of Malaysia in your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 2 October 1991.

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