Gran spared death penalty

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

MALAYSIA has de­cided to abol­ish the death penalty, a se­nior min­is­ter said with more than 1200 peo­ple on death row set to win a re­prieve fol­low­ing a groundswell of op­po­si­tion to cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment.

The move means Syd­ney grand­mother Maria Elvira Pinto Ex­posto, 54, who was ar­rested in 2014 and found guilty of drug smug­gling by an ap­peals court in May, will win a re­prieve.

Hu­man Rights Watch hailed the “fab­u­lous news”, say­ing the move would in­crease pres­sure on other coun­tries in the re­gion to fol­low suit.

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