Abolish death penalty, it’s incorrect to take someone’s life, says Nazri

By Rashvinjeet S. Bedi (original post: The Star, 29/8/2010)

It is time for Malaysia to abolish the death penalty, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz.

“If it is wrong to take someone’s life, then the Government should not do it either. It’s ironic and not correct,” he told Sunday Star.

The de-facto law minister believed there was always the possibility that the accused person was not guilty.

“No criminal justice system is perfect. You take a man’s life and years later, you

find out that another person did the crime. What can you do?”

In Malaysia, the death sentence is mandatory for murder and drug trafficking among other crimes. Recently, there have even been calls to classify fatal baby dumping cases as murder.

Nazri pointed out that worldwide, the trend was to abolish the death penalty.

However, he believed a change in the people’s mindset was needed before the law could be amended. “It has been discussed informally (in the Government) but we don’t have the political will to do it at the moment,” he admitted, adding that the death penalty did not seem to be a deterrent to drug trafficking and murder.

Former High Court and Court of Appeal judge Datuk K.C. Vohrah is also in favour of abolishing the death penalty.

“The law is the law but I wish Parliament would abolish the death sentence because if a mistake is made, it would be irreversible. There are other ways of dealing with heinous crimes,” he said.

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam said the commission was against capital punishment and had recommended its removal to the Government.

The Bar Council is also all for doing away with the death sentence.

“It is a form of punishment to exact vengeance but society has to learn to be more compassionate,” said council vice-president Lim Chee Wee, adding that resolutions to abolish capital punishment were made during the council’s AGM in 2006 and 2007.

纳兹里:还有其他方法 是时候废除死刑

二零一零年八月二十九日 晚上十一时五十二分 (光华日报

(吉隆坡29日讯)首相署部长拿督斯里纳兹里表示,大马已是时候废除死刑。他对《星报星期刊》说:“如果夺走一个人的性命是错的,那我国政府也不应该这样做。它是具讽刺意味及不正确的。”

这位负责掌管法律事务的部长相信,总是有可能被控的人是无辜的。

“没有任何一个刑事司法制度是完美的。一个人在被正法的若干年后,你才发现凶手另有其人,那你又能怎办?”

在大马,谋杀及贩毒的唯一刑罚是强制性死刑。最近,甚至有呼声要求把致命的弃婴案列为谋杀案。

纳兹里指出,全球的趋势正趋向废除死刑。无论如何,他认为在修改有关法律之前,有必要改变人们的思维。

他坦承:“(政府内)有非正式地讨论过这个问题,但目前我们没有落实的政治意愿。”他补充,死刑未能对贩毒及谋杀起威慑作用。

前高庭及上诉庭法官拿督霍拉也赞成废除死刑。

“法律归法律,但我还是希望国会能够废除死刑,因为一旦出错,就无法挽回。还有其他的方法可以对付那些滔天大罪。”

大马人权委员会主席丹斯里哈斯米说,该委员会反对死刑,并建议政府废除它。

此外,律师公会也力求废除死刑。该公会副主席林志伟说:“这是一种极刑的惩罚,社会大众应该学习更富同情心。”他补充,律师公会在2006及2007年的常年代表大会中,通过了废除死刑的议决。

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