Govt in attempt to save SA man from death sentence in Malaysia

2015-10-06 19:37
Deon Cornelius (Supplied)

Deon Cornelius (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - The South African government has requested a meeting with the Malaysian government in an effort to aid a South African man who was sentenced to death in January.

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) said on Tuesday they were waiting for a response from the Malaysian international relations minister on their request to negotiate a lighter sentence for 29-year-old Deon Cornelius.

News24 previously reported that Cornelius had lost his appeal to have his death sentence overturned.

He was arrested two years ago after he was found in possession of 2kg of methamphetamine when he landed at Penang International Airport on October 4.

"We will make representations on his behalf with the Malaysian government regarding possibly turning the judgment to a lighter sentence. 

"Our embassy in Malaysia has sent a letter to the minister requesting a meeting to negotiate these terms. We have also conveyed to Malaysia our position on the death sentence," said Dirco spokesperson Nelson Kgwete.

Cornelius was earlier granted permission to submit a final appeal to the country's federal court.

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