Deputy min­is­ter: We’re look­ing to bring back cit­i­zens sen­tenced to death abroad

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GEORGE TOWN: The govern­ment will look into bring­ing home Malaysians sen­tenced to death abroad.

This mat­ter would be looked into af­ter amend­ments to abol­ish the death penalty were tabled in the De­wan Rakyat, said Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Datuk Marzuki Yahya.

He said the govern­ment would come up with a so­lu­tion for Malaysians fac­ing ex­e­cu­tion abroad.

“This is in the best in­ter­est of the peo­ple. We will try to do our part for our cit­i­zens through our em­bassies.

“In some coun­tries, a sim­i­lar process had been un­der­taken. De­tainees sen­tenced to death, then they changed it (the death penalty). We will try,” he said af­ter launch­ing the Na­tional Sports Day at SK Je­lu­tong here yes­ter­day.

He was com­ment­ing on a pro­posal by civil group Lawyers for Lib­erty, which urged the govern­ment to save Malaysians from the death penalty for of­fences com­mit­ted abroad.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Liew Vui Keong had said the death penalty would be abol­ished.

Marzuki said he wel­comed sug­ges­tions re­gard­ing the pro­posal to abol­ish the death penalty.

“We ac­cept sug­ges­tions by any party.

“The govern­ment will ne­go­ti­ate with coun­tries that have diplo­matic ties with us.”

In Bukit Kayu Hi­tam, Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Mohd Azis Jam­man, on the is­sue of the pro­posal to abol­ish cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, said the min­istry im­ple­mented only laws that were en­acted.

“We abide by and im­ple­ment what­ever law en­acted at Par­lia­ment.”

PIC BY ROSLI AH­MAD

Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Datuk Marzuki Yahya (third from right) launch­ing the Na­tional Sports Day at SK Je­lu­tong in George Town, Pe­nang, yes­ter­day.

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