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PUTRAJAYA will table a bill to abolish the death penalty in the coming parliamentary sitting, which begins October 15, said de facto law minister Liew Vui Keong.

"All death penalty will be abolished".

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"We are studying certain issues. we need to look into it and hear the views of all, but as it stands today, the decision is to abolish the death penalty", he told the media after the "Law Reform Talk" at Universiti Malaya here, today.

Executions are now mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking, among other crimes, and is carried out by hanging - a legacy of British colonial rule.

Among which are the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

"Since we are abolishing the sentence, all executions should not be carried out", Liew said as reported by The Star.

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, who is the de facto law minister, said the only issue was what to do with the convicts now on death row.

The next parliament sitting starts on Monday.

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There are no jury trials in Malaysia for capital punishment.

The government's announcement was "an encouraging sign", Amnesty International's Kumi Naidoo said in a statement.

The cabinet has given the green light for the death penalty to be abolished.

Between 2007 and 2017, 35 individuals faced the gallows. He also stressed that since the government had made that decision, all executions that have yet to be carried out should be stopped.

"The death penalty will also be imposed on those convicted of premeditated murder", the party says in its Safety and Security policy.

Surendran urged the government to not forget the hundreds of Malaysians who are languishing on death row in Singapore and other countries, particularly for being drug mules.

Amnesty International aims to pressure five countries where the death penalty is "rife" - Belarus, Ghana, Iran, Japan and Malaysia - in a bid to put an end to inhumane conditions of detention for prisoners sentenced to death.

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