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Friday, June 12, 2015
Diplomacy - an important tool to remove death penalty
AICHR: Diplomacy between countries is an important tool to remove death penalty
Posted on 12 June 2015 - 08:59pm Last updated on 12 June 2015 - 10:11pm
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government can
be pressured to remove the death penalty law if diplomacy is applied
diligently by other foreign governments as part of the diplomatic
process to extradite a convict from another country.
Using the example of Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar who is currently
detained by the authority in Australia after he was sentenced to face
death row by the Federal Court for the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu,
Malaysia's representative on Asean Inter-Governmental Commission on
Human Rights (AICHR) Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said diplomacy
could play a significant role to put a stop to the death penalty
practice in any country.
"A foreign government can allow extradition of a person if you take
the death sentence off the table, which is what the Australian
government said to Malaysia in the case of Corporal Sirul," said
Muhammad Shafee during the "Diplomacy and Death Penalty" discussion at
the 1st Asean Regional Congress on the Death Penalty today.
He opined that an Asean country that had removed the death penalty
could influence the judiciary landscape of another country within the
As part of the negotiation, he pointed out a government can relay a
message to another nation, "if you want to trade a criminal, you need to
remove your death penalty".
However, he said, diplomatic process could also turn ugly as
witnessed in the recent Indonesia - Australia relationship that was
"Diplomacy was lost as the two Australians faced the death penalty in
Indonesia," he said, adding that media attention also contributed to
the inter-government diplomatic row.
"When I took the case of an American lecturer Kerry Lane Wiley who
was on trial for bringing in more than 265 gram of cannabis in the late
80's, I requested Wiley's mother not to use the media for his son's
"As a result, no United States arrogance versus Malaysia's government
stubbornness at that point of time," said Muhammad Shafee, who is also
the chairman of AICHR and has been vocal on the removal of the death
penalty for a convict.
He firmly believes in rehabilitation of a convicted criminal.
"From my 40 years experience in the legal profession, I have seen
hardcore criminals changed and found a new lease of life," said Shafee.
There were 975 convicts waiting for death sentence in the country
when Malaysia voted against a resolution by United Nations General
Assembly last December, with 117 nations voting for a moratorium on the
abolishment of the death penalty around the world.- The Sun Daily, 12/6/2015