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Malaysia’s new government has announced it will abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt pending executions. More than 1,200 people are on death row in Malaysia, which mandates hanging as punishment for a wide range of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, treason, kidnapping and acts of terror. Law minister Liew Vui Keong announced that the Cabinet had agreed to abolish the death penalty and amendments to laws with capital punishment were expected to be presented when Parliament resumes on Monday. There is no time to waste, the death penalty should have been consigned to the history books long ago. Communications Minister Gobind Singh Deo said: “This is part of our electi... Full story

11 October