Malaysian Parliament Moves To End Mandatory Death Penalty

Bill passes lower house, now goes to the upper chamber and, if passed, would be sent to the king to be signed into law.

The Dewan Rakyat, or lower house, of Malaysia’s Parliament on Monday approved legal reforms to abolish the mandatory death penalty for some offences.

The Dewan Negara, or upper house, will now take up the legislation, and if it passes there, it will be sent to the king to be signed into law. It is widely expected to be pass by the upper house.

The amendments would apply to 34 offences currently punishable by death, including murder and drug trafficking. Eleven of them carry it as a mandatory punishment.

Capital punishment would be removed as an option for some serious crimes that do not cause death, such as kidnapping and the discharging and trafficking of firearms.

Malaysia has had a moratorium on executions since 2018, but courts have continued to send inmates to death row.


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