Malaysian murder convict loses appeal against hanging in Singapore

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s highest court on Tuesday quashed a final appeal by a Malaysian murder convict, setting the stage for his hanging despite calls for mercy from rights groups.

Kho Jabing, 31, was sentenced to death in 2010 for killing a Chinese construction worker in a robbery gone wrong and spent the next six years on a legal roller-coaster trying to avoid the gallows.

A High Court judge in 2013 commuted his sentence to life imprisonment and caning following changes to the penal code that ended the mandatory execution of murder convicts.

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