Malaysia: Commutation of death sentence must lead to a moratorium on further executions

Index Number: ACT 50/5656/2017

Amnesty International has received information indicating that the King of Malaysia commuted the death sentence imposed on Nigerian national Osariakhi Ernest Obayangbon, whose execution had been scheduled for the early hours of 14 March 2014. Amnesty International was notified about the execution just over 24 hours before it was due to take place and immediately began campaigning on his behalf. The organization encourages the Malaysian government to build on this positive development and immediately establish a moratorium on all executions. Further the authorities should commute all other existing death sentences and swiftly reform the country’s death penalty laws as critical steps towards full abolition of this punishment in the country.

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