Malaysia over­turns cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment against two Cypri­ots, sen­tenced for drug smug­gling

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Two Cypriot na­tion­als, who were fac­ing cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in Malaysia for drug traf­fick­ing, will now serve a 20 year sen­tence, af­ter the coun­try’s Supreme court an­nulled the de­ci­sion at first in­stance. Ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment by the Cyprus For­eign Min­istry, which was in­volved in pro­vid­ing and ar­rang­ing con­sular and le­gal sup­port to Mehmet Ucaner Ok­tay and Muham­met Os­man, the de­ci­sion was taken dur­ing an ap­peal hear­ing on Mon­day. One of the two was also sen­tenced to can­ing. The sen­tence is ef­fec­tive as of Novem­ber 5, 2011, when the two were ini­tially sen­tenced.

From the mo­ment of their ar­rest un­til the fi­nal de­ci­sion, both Cypri­ots re­ceived full con­sular sup­port, in­clud­ing reg­u­lar vis­its by Cyprus High Com­mis­sion of­fi­cials serv­ing in New Delhi, as well as psy­cho­log­i­cal and fi­nan­cial sup­port, the an­nounce­ment said. More­over, the Min­istry also pro­vided le­gal aid. The grav­ity of the of­fense, as well as the prin­ci­pled po­si­tion of the Repub­lic of Cyprus against the death penalty were taken into ac­count, in the han­dling of the af­fair, the an­nounce­ment con­cluded.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Cyprus

© PressReader. All rights reserved.