Malaysia To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty

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Malaysia has said it will abolish the mandatory death penalty, which is currently used in a number of offences.

Law Minister, Wan Jaffar, said the government will consider proposed alternative sentences for the 11 offences that carry the mandatory death sentence.

Malaysia took its first steps towards the abolition of the death penalty in October 2018 during the short-lived Pakatan Harapan government.

According to reports, more than 1,300 people are on death row, with most of those facing execution convicted of drug offences.

Written by: Helen Obih

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