Putrajaya to scrap mandatory death penalty for drugs

Mexican Jose Regino is escorted into a prison van after the Court of Appeal upheld his conviction and death penalty in Putrajaya on April 23, 2015. Luis Alfonso, Simon, and Jose Regino of the Gonzalez Villarreal brothers were arrested in March 2008 when police found 29kg of methamphetamine with them during a raid in Johor. Malaysia imposes a mandatory death sentence for drug trafficking. – EPA pic, August 7, 2017.

THE Malaysian government has agreed to scrap the mandatory death penalty for drug traffickers, a minister said today, in a move cautiously welcomed by rights groups.

Parliament must still approve the decision, taken by the cabinet, to allow judges to impose sentences other than capital punishment on drug smugglers, but it is expected to do so.

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