Malaysia set to abol­ish death penalty

Cape Times - - WORLD - Agency (ANA) | African News

FOR­EIGN diplo­mats and in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights groups have praised Malaysia for plans to abol­ish the death penalty in the next leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

Liew Vui Keong, a min­is­ter in the prime min­is­ter’s de­part­ment, said yes­ter­day that amend­ments to the ex­ist­ing laws would be in­tro­duced in the next ses­sion, which be­gins on Mon­day.

“The death penalty will be abol­ished. Full stop,” Liew was quoted as say­ing af­ter a law re­form talk at a Malaysian uni­ver­sity.

“We need to look into it and hear the views of all, but as it stands to­day, the de­ci­sion is to abol­ish the death penalty,” he added.

For­eign em­bassies and rights groups were sup­port­ive of the move.

“We strongly wel­come an an­nounce­ment by the Malaysian gov­ern­ment of its in­ten­tion to abol­ish the death penalty,” Dag Juh­lin-Dan­n­felt, the Swedish am­bas­sador to Malaysia, wrote on Twit­ter. “Im­pres­sive & bold move,” he wrote.

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