Kabinet setuju pinda hukuman mati pengedar dadah

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Sumber: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Kabinet sebulat suara bersetuju untuk membenarkan para hakim mengenakan hukuman yang sesuai ke atas pengedar dadah dan bukan hukuman mati melalui satu pindaan kepada Seksyen 39B Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said berkata kementerian dan agensi berwajib akan menyediakan satu memorandum untuk persetujuan jemaah menteri.

Beliau berkata kajian ke atas isu itu dijalankan melalui Pusat Pengajian Hukum dan Perundangan Antarabangsa (I-CeLLS) dan dibentangkan ke jemaah menteri pada 1 Mac.

“Kabinet sebulat suara bersetuju untuk meminda Seksyen 39B Akta Dadah Berbahaya,” katanya.

Azalina menjawab Ramkarpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) yang bertanyakan mengenai perkembangan terkini langkah kerajaan untuk menyemak hukuman mati mandatori. Beliau juga meminta bilangan orang yang dihukum mati sejak 2010.

Azalina berkata Kabinet memutuskan akta itu perlu memberikan hak kepada hakim untuk mementukan hukuman yang lebih sesuai seperti tempoh pemenjaraan.

Dulu katanya para hakim terpaksa menjatuhkan hukuman mati ke atas pengedar dadah kerana tiada hukuman lain diperuntukkan.

 


Cabinet agrees to amend death penalty for drug traffickers
Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: The cabinet has unanimously agreed to allow judges to impose an appropriate penalty on drug traffickers instead of the mandatory death sentence under an amendment to Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said said the relevant ministries and agencies would prepare a memorandum to be handed over to the Cabinet for approval.

She said research on the issue had been carried out through the International Centre for Law and Legal Studies (I-CeLLS) and presented to the cabinet on March 1.

“The cabinet unanimously agreed to the amendment to Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act,” she said.

Azalina was responding to Ramkarpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor), who had asked for updates on the government’s move to review the mandatory death sentence. He also asked for the number of people executed since 2010.

Azalina said the cabinet had decided that the act should allow judges the right to decide on more appropriate sentences such as jail terms.

In the past, she said, judges had been forced to pass the death sentence on drug traffickers as no other sentences were available.