Death sentence most appropriate for drug traffickers, say cops

Police say drug traffickers should be sentenced to death as they are gradually killing the addicts that buy drugs from them. (AFP pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The police believe the death sentence is the most appropriate punishment for convicted drug traffickers and should it be abolished, they will seek the maximum penalty.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Mohmad Salleh said without the death penalty, the most appropriate punishment for drug traffickers would be life imprisonment or up to 15 strokes of the cane.

He said he personally felt that the death sentence was the most appropriate for drug traffickers as they were gradually killing the addicts who bought drugs from them.

“Nevertheless, we will abide by the legislation set by Parliament, but we will seek the maximum penalty for drug traffickers,” he said at a press conference.

Mohmad was asked to comment on the proposal to abolish the mandatory death sentence in the country.

In Malaysia, capital punishment is imposed on those convicted of murder, dadah trafficking and firearms offences.