Malaysia says no ‘U-turn’ in death penalty abolition

Source: AlJazeera

Malaysia's government says it will abolish the death penalty in a rare move against capital punishment in Asia [File: Vincent Thian/AP]
Malaysia’s government says it will abolish the death penalty in a rare move against capital punishment in Asia [File: Vincent Thian/AP]

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – As a lawyer, Liew Vui Keong helped one of his clients appeal successfully against a death sentence.

Now, as Malaysia’s minister in charge of law, he is working to get the death penalty abolished in its entirety.

The legislation could be introduced in parliament before the house finishes its current sitting in the middle of next month.

“We have made a decision and I don’t think we are going to make a U-turn,” Liew, the de facto law minister, told Al Jazeera. He said studies showed that capital punishment was not an effective deterrent.

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