MADPET is for the Abolition of Death Penalty, an end of torture and abuse of rights by the police, an end to death in custody, an end to police shoot to kill incidents, for greater safeguards to ensure a fair trial, for a right to one phone call and immediate access to a lawyer upon arrest, for the repeal of all laws that allow for detention without trial and an immediate release of all those who are under such draconian laws.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Death knell for death penalty in Malaysia?(The Straits Times)
Death knell for death penalty in Malaysia?
Malaysian government considering removing capital punishment for drug offences
Published on Oct 25, 2012
Kedah Customs officials (from left) Azizan Abdullah, P. Jayadevan
Naidu, Abd Aziz Abdul Latif and Yusoff Ibrahim at a press conference on
Wednesday where they displayed synthesised drugs, known as syabu, found
in a hidden compartment of a bag. -- THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
By Yong Yen Nie, Malaysia correspondent
KUALA LUMPUR - As soon as the plane hits the runway in
Malaysia, a flight attendant's cheery voice greets passengers with a
warm welcome. Then comes the not-so-cheery part: a warning that there is
a mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking.
Now a minister says the government is considering removing the death
sentence for drug offences, offering a glimmer of hope to lawyers and
civil liberties groups who have campaigned for years against capital
On Wednesday, de facto law minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said he
will submit a proposal to the Cabinet to defer the death sentences
passed on 675 convicted drug traffickers in the country, while the
government reviews the death penalty for drug offences.