Malaysia parliament approves law to remove mandatory death penalty

April 03, 2023 06:35 PM AEST | By Reuters
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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's parliament on Monday approved legal reforms to remove the mandatory death penalty, trim the number of offences punishable by death, and abolish natural-life prison sentences.

Under the amendments passed, alternatives to the death penalty include whipping and imprisonment of between 30 to 40 years - replacing all previous provisions that call for imprisonment for the duration of the offender's natural life.

Malaysia has had a moratorium on executions since 2018.

(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Ed Davies)


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