Press Release: Singapore govt must allow Malaysian lawyers access to death row prisoner S. Prabagaran
On 13 February 2017, the Singapore Prison Services had issued a letter rejecting our application to meet with our client S. Prabagaran, who is on death row in Singapore.
We deeply regret this refusal by the Singapore authorities.
We are entitled to meet and consult with Prabagaran as we are acting for him in legal matters arising from his conviction for drug trafficking in Singapore. Our client maintains his innocence of those charges.
We had on 16 January 2017 filed a judicial review application in the KL High Court to compel the Government of Malaysia to institute proceedings in the International Court of Justice against Singapore for breach of Prabagaran’s right to fair trial. It is imperative we consult with him over those proceedings.
The right to have access to and consult with lawyers is a basic right recognised under both Singapore and Malaysian law.
Denial of access to lawyers is also in breach of Article 14(3)(d) of the ICCPR.
We call upon the Singapore government to review this decision and allow us immediate access to our client. The urgency of the matter is enhanced by the fact that our client is facing execution, having exhausted appeals within the Singapore legal system.
We further urge the Malaysian government to make the necessary representations to the Singapore government to ensure that their citizen is afforded his basic legal right of access to his lawyers.
(Lawyers for S Prabagaran)