Malaysia To Abolish Death Penalty, Says Minister

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He said with the government's move in abolishing the death penalty, the Pardons Board will now be tasked at looking into the position of death row convicts, which would either see their sentences commuted or released.

The Malay Mail reported that the proposition for the abolishment of the death penalty will be tabled in the next Parliament sitting on Monday (15 October 2018), according to Datuk Liew Vui Keong.

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"Since we are abolishing the sentence, all executions should not be carried out."

The moratorium on the death penalty would save, among others, two women accused of assassinating the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a year ago.

De Lima cited several worldwide institutions that have opposed the imposition of death penalty and have come up with policies that ensure the protection of human rights.

"I hope the law will be amended soon", he told AFP news agency.

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

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There are no jury trials in Malaysia for capital punishment.

De Lima said that as a human rights defender and legislator, she has pushed for the introduction of the penalty of qualified reclusion perpetua in criminal laws to ensure restorative justice instead of punitive measures.

Between 2007 and 2017, 35 individuals were hanged, the New Straits Times newspaper said.

Neighbouring Singapore, also a former British colony, maintains the death penalty for certain crimes such as murder and drug trafficking. The decision was welcomed by rights advocates, who said there was never any proof that mandatory death sentences deterred offenders from violent or drug-related crimes.

Amnesty International aims to pressure five countries where the death penalty is "rife" - Belarus, Ghana, Iran, Japan and Malaysia - in a bid to put an end to inhumane conditions of detention for prisoners sentenced to death.

Malaysian police stand guard as anti-death penalty activists protest in Kuala Lumpur.

While Indonesia carried out the highest number of executions over the past five years, Mr Hamid said the country had been making improvements.

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