Malaysia To Abolish Death Penalty, Says Minister

Indonesian Siti Aisyah left and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong right escorted by police as they leave a court hearing in Shah Alam Malaysia

Until the death penalty is abolished, a moratorium on it has been put in place, added the minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

According to local reports, over 1,200 people have received death sentences in Malaysia for murder, drug trafficking, terrorist acts, treason, and other crimes.

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"Since we are abolishing the sentence, all executions should not be carried out", Liew said as reported by The Star.

Government minister Liew Vui Keong reportedly said earlier Thursday there would be a moratorium on executions for inmates now on death row.

It looks like we may soon get rid of the death penalty and other extreme laws, after all.

The death penalty in Malaysia may soon be a thing of the past because the cabinet has made a decision to abolish it.

The next parliament sitting starts on Monday.

As of now, 142 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice, Amnesty said.

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Amnesty International also cheered the news, calling it "an astounding announcement".

"This is part of our election pledge and also in line with the move away from capital punishment in the rest of the world", he told The Associated Press.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has called for a discussion on the death penalty, due to the high crime statistics in the country.

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

The minister finally revealed that the paperwork for the abolishment of the death penalty is nearly done.

19 prisoners are now on death row but due to lack of infrastructure and capacity, PNG is still not ready to implement capital punishment.

The decision was welcomed by rights advocates and foreign diplomats. Amnesty International said it was "a major step forward for all those who have campaigned for an end to the death penalty in Malaysia".

"Having rejected the death penalty in this country, we now have the moral authority to fight for the lives of our citizens overseas", he said, referring to the hundreds of Malaysians on death row in Singapore and other countries, particularly for being drug mules.

The UN envoy noted the majority of executions today are carried out in China, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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