The Straits Times
Published on Oct 20, 2012

Replace death penalty with jail for drug offences: Nazri Aziz


PADANG RENGAS (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, minister in the Prime Minister's Department, has suggested replacing the death sentence for drug offences with jail terms, so that it would be easier for convicted Malaysians to appeal against the death penalty overseas.

"It is difficult to appeal to these countries not to hang them when Malaysia has the mandatory death sentence," he told reporters on Saturday.

He noted that many Malaysians were caught overseas as drug mules.

"I will seek Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's view first and ask the Attorney-General Chambers to study the suggestion," he said.