Amendments to abolish mandatory death penalty to be tabled in October

PUTRAJAYA: The relevant legislative amendments needed to abolish the mandatory death sentence is expected to be tabled in the October parliamentary sitting, says Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) said this will allow the abolition of the mandatory death sentence to take effect by January next year.

Wan Junaidi also said the government could not commute the sentences of those currently on death row yet as the amendments were yet to be finalised.

However, he added that the moratorium on executions, implemented since 2018, would remain as long as the amendments were not yet finalised.