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    Malaysia says it will end death penalty for all crimes
    The Sydney Morning Herald
    October 12th, 2018

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's new government said it would abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt all pending executions, a rare move against capital punishment in Asia that human rights groups hailed as a major advance.

    More than 1200 people, including Sydney grandmother Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, 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 on Wednesday that the Cabinet had agreed to abolish the death penalty and that amendments to laws with capital punishment were expected to be presented when Parliament resumes Monday, local media reported. Liew couldn't be reached for immediate comment.

    Communications Minister Gobind Singh Deo on Thursday confirmed the Cabinet's decision.

    "This is part of our election pledge and also in line with the move away from capital punishment in the rest of the world," he said.
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    Wow I would never have expected this, but I think it's great they chose not to execute anymore people.

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    Ugh. This and Washington state.
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    Now that's commendable.
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    I have a feeling the bad press was finally starting to hurt Australian tourism.
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