MEDIA STATEMENT –20/3/2007
REMOVE DEATH PENALTY FROM ALL MALAYSIAN LAWS
Death Penalty for “Terrorist” and “Terrorist
Financiers” Unsafe and Unacceptable
MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) is shocked and disappointed that
It was reported recently that those convicted of terror acts that cause death will now face the mandatory death penalty. (Star
It came into effect a day after Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz signed the gazette notice on March 5. Ironically, this was the same Minister who was reported in 2006 saying “For me, a life is a life. No one has the right to take someone else's life, even if that person has taken another life,.."
It is not possible in any system of human justice to prevent the horrifying possibility of the execution of innocent persons; and the infliction of the death penalty makes wrongful convictions irreversible. In an age, when it is possible to isolate persons guilty of the most heinous of crimes from society by the imposition of life imprisonment, there can be no more justification for the usage of the death penalty.
The Malaysian Bar, a body representing over 12,000 Malaysian lawyers, at its 60th Annual General Meeting held on
It must also be pointed out that a television poll done by RTM 2 during the Hello on Two programme on
It is ironic that at a time when the nations of the world are rapidly moving towards abolition of the death penalty,
MADPET reiterates its call for an immediate moratorium on all executions pending abolition, and the abolition of the death penalty in Malaysia.
for Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (MADPET)