Minister’s Delay Resulted in Judge Having No Choice but to Sentence A. Sargunan and 4 others to Death — Charles Hector

BY CHARLES HECTOR, for and on behalf of MADPET(Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture)

All 39B(Drug Trafficking) Trials Should Be Suspended until New Law Comes into Force

MADPET(Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) is appalled by the delay of  the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2017 coming into force which will mean that persons now being convicted by Courts for drug trafficking  will still be subjected to the mandatory death penalty and not enjoy the possibility of  avoiding the death penalty. The proposed amendment to the law, when it comes into force, will only apply to cases where persons facing trial is yet to be convicted. Therefore, justly all drug trafficking case trials must not continue until the new law is in force. The Minister’s delay has already cost at least 5 persons to be convicted to death.

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Juvenile crime laws to be reviewed to prevent repeat offenders

Source: The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Certain laws involving juveniles may be re-evaluated to prevent young offenders from breaking the law again, the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“We cannot only punish without educating,” Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said after opening the Crime Prevention Education Convention at Menara Kembar Bank Rakyat here yesterday.

“There are various laws used for juvenile cases. And some of those laws have to be studied again,” said Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister. He said the approach used by the Henry Gurney School had shown results.

“The curriculum in Henry Gurney seems to be the most effective, So, prisons are like a school teaching crime to them,” he added.

It was reported last year that there were about 640 students currently undergoing rehabilitation programmes in eight prisons and four Henry Gurney reform schools.

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