Mum with paralysed son seeks pardon
HER lawyer sent a petition to President S R Nathan begging for a pardon despite the fact that pardons are typically requested for death sentences.
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But defence counsel N Kanagavijayan believes that the case of Nazimah binte Yaccob Mohd, who was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for harbouring an illegal immigrant in her home, is anything but typical.
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"She's not worried about the jail term," Mr Kanagavijayan told Today. "She's worried about her child."
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Nazimah, he said, has an 11-year-old son who is paralysed from the neck down.
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Her lawyer wants the President to let her take care of her son by serving her sentence at home.
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According to the law, the President can grant absolute pardons and pardons with conditions.
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"The President is free to impose conditions," said Mr Kanagavijayan, who admitted that there were few or no precedents for prison terms served as home detention.
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But, the prison authority has home detainment procedures under the Prisoner's Act, he said.
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The boy's condition means he must also lie prone as he cannot sit in a wheelchair because of problems with his spine. He still wears diapers and consumes only liquid food, according to the petition.
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"He needs 24 hours of care and only Nazimah can provide that," Mr Kanagavijayan said.
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Should the plea for a pardon fail, the Ministry of Community Development and Sports has offered to help the family find a solution for the boy's care.
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An option is to place him in a home, where his needs will be catered to. The family, however, prefers that he remain at home, in the care of his paternal grandmother. - Ng Shing Yi
HER lawyer sent a petition to President S R Nathan begging for a pardon despite the fact that pardons are typically requested for death sentences.
.
But defence counsel N Kanagavijayan believes that the case of Nazimah binte Yaccob Mohd, who was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for harbouring an illegal immigrant in her home, is anything but typical.
.
"She's not worried about the jail term," Mr Kanagavijayan told Today. "She's worried about her child."
.
Nazimah, he said, has an 11-year-old son who is paralysed from the neck down.
.
Her lawyer wants the President to let her take care of her son by serving her sentence at home.
.
According to the law, the President can grant absolute pardons and pardons with conditions.
.
"The President is free to impose conditions," said Mr Kanagavijayan, who admitted that there were few or no precedents for prison terms served as home detention.
.
But, the prison authority has home detainment procedures under the Prisoner's Act, he said.
.
The boy's condition means he must also lie prone as he cannot sit in a wheelchair because of problems with his spine. He still wears diapers and consumes only liquid food, according to the petition.
.
"He needs 24 hours of care and only Nazimah can provide that," Mr Kanagavijayan said.
.
Should the plea for a pardon fail, the Ministry of Community Development and Sports has offered to help the family find a solution for the boy's care.
.
An option is to place him in a home, where his needs will be catered to. The family, however, prefers that he remain at home, in the care of his paternal grandmother. - Ng Shing Yi HER lawyer sent a petition to President S R Nathan begging for a pardon despite the fact that pardons are typically requested for death sentences.
.
But defence counsel N Kanagavijayan believes that the case of Nazimah binte Yaccob Mohd, who was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for harbouring an illegal immigrant in her home, is anything but typical.
.
"She's not worried about the jail term," Mr Kanagavijayan told Today. "She's worried about her child."
.
Nazimah, he said, has an 11-year-old son who is paralysed from the neck down.
.
Her lawyer wants the President to let her take care of her son by serving her sentence at home.
.
According to the law, the President can grant absolute pardons and pardons with conditions.
.
"The President is free to impose conditions," said Mr Kanagavijayan, who admitted that there were few or no precedents for prison terms served as home detention.
.
But, the prison authority has home detainment procedures under the Prisoner's Act, he said.
.
The boy's condition means he must also lie prone as he cannot sit in a wheelchair because of problems with his spine. He still wears diapers and consumes only liquid food, according to the petition.
.
"He needs 24 hours of care and only Nazimah can provide that," Mr Kanagavijayan said.
.
Should the plea for a pardon fail, the Ministry of Community Development and Sports has offered to help the family find a solution for the boy's care.
.
An option is to place him in a home, where his needs will be catered to. The family, however, prefers that he remain at home, in the care of his paternal grandmother. - Ng Shing Yi HER lawyer sent a petition to President S R Nathan begging for a pardon despite the fact that pardons are typically requested for death sentences.
.
But defence counsel N Kanagavijayan believes that the case of Nazimah binte Yaccob Mohd, who was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for harbouring an illegal immigrant in her home, is anything but typical.
.
"She's not worried about the jail term," Mr Kanagavijayan told Today. "She's worried about her child."
.
Nazimah, he said, has an 11-year-old son who is paralysed from the neck down.
.
Her lawyer wants the President to let her take care of her son by serving her sentence at home.
.
According to the law, the President can grant absolute pardons and pardons with conditions.
.
"The President is free to impose conditions," said Mr Kanagavijayan, who admitted that there were few or no precedents for prison terms served as home detention.
.
But, the prison authority has home detainment procedures under the Prisoner's Act, he said.
.
The boy's condition means he must also lie prone as he cannot sit in a wheelchair because of problems with his spine. He still wears diapers and consumes only liquid food, according to the petition.
.
"He needs 24 hours of care and only Nazimah can provide that," Mr Kanagavijayan said.
.
Should the plea for a pardon fail, the Ministry of Community Development and Sports has offered to help the family find a solution for the boy's care.
.
An option is to place him in a home, where his needs will be catered to. The family, however, prefers that he remain at home, in the care of his paternal grandmother. - Ng Shing Yi

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