Malaysia not to repeal death penalty

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The Malaysian government has no intention to abolish the death penalty for murder and other serious crimes, a Malaysian official said on Wednesday.

Alternative ways of carrying out the capital punishment was also not proposed at the juncture, Malaysian Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Liew Vui Keong told the Malaysian Parliament.

Besides murderer, drug mules, arms and weapons smugglers, as well as kidnappers can, once convicted, also be hung to death, a penalty provided in the country's criminal procedure code since colonization.

Liew said existing Malaysian laws would need to be amended if the capital punishment was to be repealed, or to have its method of execution changed.

However, Liew said that the Malaysian government welcomes views and suggestions on the penalty from all quarters.

There are voices in the country calling for the government to do away the punishment, while some suggest a more humane way of executing the death row inmates.

According to Liew, since 2000, a total of 1,601 murder cases have been registered in the Malaysian high court.

Liew said after appealing at the Malaysian Court of Appeal, Liew said convictions were confirmed in 47 cases under the Malaysian penal code for murder.

However, the death penalty had been carried out in only nine of the cases as the rest were awaiting the decision of petitions to the state pardons boards, Liew added.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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