Malaysian Government's plans to abolish death penalty could save Sydney grandmother's life

Malaysian Government's plans to abolish death penalty could save Sydney grandmother's life

Malaysia set to abolish death penalty, in move which could spare lives of women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam

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

Liew Vui Keong informed the press that the Pardons Boards would be directed to study various applications death row (waiting list) convicts could be commuted or released.

"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.

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Among which are the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

LFL adviser N Surendran said having rejected the death penalty in Malaysia, the government had "the moral authority to fight for the lives of citizens abroad".

And contrary to popular belief, the abolition of the death penalty does not lead to an increase in crime.

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

He said until the abolishment of the death penalty rakes place there should also be in place a moratorium of death penalty sentences from being carried out.

In April previous year, Amnesty International ranked Malaysia 10th in the use of death penalty among the 23 countries that carried out capital punishment in 2016. An example would be drug-related cases whereby due consideration should to be given to drug mules (currently tried under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence) as opposed to those who were found guilty of a more serious crime.

Between 2007 and 2017, 35 individuals faced the gallows. A total of 1,267 prisoners are on death row, making up 2.7 per cent of the 60,000 behind bars.

The PNG Government reactivated the use of capital punishment in 2013 after a spate of violent killings drew worldwide attention.

Mr Guterres, in a statement marking the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty, said progress made toward eliminating the death penalty had been "marred by setbacks".

In Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand have death penalty laws.

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