Malaysia to abolish death penalty

The de facto law minister said the only issue was what to do with the convicts currently on death row. The death penalty will be abolished and there should be a moratorium on all executions until then, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong. “Death penalty will be abolished. Full stop. Since […]

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October 12, 2018

The de facto law minister said the only issue was what to do with the convicts currently on death row.

The death penalty will be abolished and there should be a moratorium on all executions until then, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong.

“Death penalty will be abolished. Full stop. Since we are abolishing the sentence, all executions should not be carried out.

“We will inform the Pardons Board to look into various applications for convicts on the (death penalty) waiting list to either be commuted or released,” he told the press after chairing the Law Reform Talk at Universiti Malaya’s Faculty of Law yesterday.

While the government was studying certain cases, he said that in reviewing the punishment, various aspects must be taken into account in ensuring an appropriate penalty was doled out to offenders.

“Drug-related offences will be different and considerations must be given to convicts who, for example, were drug mules compared to those who committed heinous crimes.

“We also need to comprehensively consider all cases, especially when it concerns the families of murdered victims,” he said.

Liew also noted that the Bill on abolishing the death penalty would be tabled in the coming Parliament meeting beginning Monday.

Meanwhile, Liew also announced the steering committee of the special Cabinet panel on implementing the Malaysia Agreement 1963, which will be chaired by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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