Malaysia plans to end death penalty of all crimes

12 October, 2018, 05:24 | Author: Carlos George
  • PM Mahathir Mohamad's alliance which won a stunning election upset this year had promised upholding human rights

The sentiments of the families affected by crimes such as murder must also be factored in by the Malaysian government, who plans to table the bill to abolish the death penalty as early as Monday, 15 October when parliament reconvenes.

"The death penalty is abhorrent, and we must try and save our countrymen and women from judicial murder overseas".

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Liew, who is also in charge of legal affairs told this to reporters after attending the "Law Reform Talk" at Universiti Malaya here, today.

Capital punishment in Malaysia is now mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking, among other crimes.

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"When commuted, they would have to face life imprisonment because there had been several deaths that were caused by the offender and so they were sentenced to death by the court", he said.

"Today, I join fellow human rights defenders and the global community in renewing and sustaining the campaign against the death penalty", De Lima said in a statement on Wednesday.

The African Christian Democratic Party has promoted capital punishment as part of its policy.

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The government's announcement was "an encouraging sign", Amnesty International's Kumi Naidoo said in a statement.

Amnesty International said the move would be a major advance but urged the government to "completely abolish the death penalty for all crimes, with no exceptions".

The cabinet has given the green light for the death penalty to be abolished.

The ban on the death penalty affects the two women accused of murdering Kim Jong-Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il previous year.

Australia has said it can only extradite him if Malaysia abolished the death penalty.

"It is a right that belongs to us all regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity and expression, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, birth or other statuses", she said.

Surendran claimed there were now "hundreds of Malaysians" on death row in foreign countries, particularly for being drug mules.

Excluding China, Amnesty says Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan - in that order - carried out 84 per cent of all executions in 2017.

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