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Osariakhi Ernest Obayangbon (aka Michael Philip ) has been in a Malaysian jail since 1998, convicted on murder charges; however there are concerns as to whether he received a fair trial. Prior to his appeal in 2007, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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Osariakhi Ernest Obayangbon (aka Michael Philip) has been in a Malaysian jail since 1998, convicted on murder charges; however, there are concerns as to whether he received a fair trial. He is known to the Malaysian courts as Philip Michael because at the time of his arrest, he had in possession a passport belonging to a British National with that name.   Prior to his appeal in 2007, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

In the early morning of March 12, 2014, a family member to Osariakhi received a call from a friend in Malaysia stating that on March 14, Osariakhi was scheduled to be hung at 6 am. However, just six hours prior to that scheduled execution, Hazel Galong-Folli, Shamini Darshini, and members of their team at Amnesty International successfully obtained a stay of execution. Members of his family are very thankful to those in the Government, particularly Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department YB Puan Hajah Nancy Shukri  and the Honourable Attorney General, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, for the role they played in securing that stay. 

"...According to international standards, the death penalty should not be imposed against people with mental disability,” said Hazel Galang-Folli, Amnesty International’s Malaysia researcher.

His lawyers, of the firm RASHID ZULKIFLI, Advocates & Solicitors in Kuala Lumpur,  have been working tirelessly for the courts to hear this case again. There are two court dates scheduled in 2017: on February 27 and 28, he will appear at the High Court and on March 7, his case will be heard at the Federal Court.   We are asking for your help to raise $6000 to pay the legal fees associated with those hearings.

Thank you for your attention to this important case and we really appreciate any financial assistance you can offer.

Read more about his case:

1) Article by Amnesty International (March 13, 2014):

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2014/03/malaysia-halt-imminent-execution-man-suffering-mental-illness/

2) Letter from Malaysian Bar Association (March 14, 2014):

http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/press_statements/press_release_%7C_the_malaysian_bar_commends_swift_action_by_the_government_in_stay_of_execution_of_death_sentence_on_osariakhi_ernest_obayangbon.html

 

Regards,

 

Sharon Nelson

Fund Organizer

Montreal (Quebec) Canada

 

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