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Malaysia to abolish death penalty: Minister

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

Malaysia's cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty, a said Thursday, in a decision hailed by rights groups.

in is currently mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking, among other crimes.

The penalty is exclusively carried out by hanging in -- a legacy of British colonial rule.

Communications and confirmed the cabinet had resolved to end the death penalty.

"I hope the law will be amended soon," he told AFP.

The government decided to scrap because there had been strong domestic opposition to the practice.

The decision was welcomed by rights advocates.

"The death penalty is barbarous, and unimaginably cruel," N Surendran, an with the rights group said in a statement.

Once the death penalty is scrapped, will have the moral authority to fight for the lives of Malaysians facing death sentences abroad, he added.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 14:50 IST