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Tough to end overcrowding as many prisoners are foreigners, says MP

Nurul Izzah Anwar says it is not easy to send the foreigners back to their home countries.

Unfair trials, torture in death penalty cases, says Amnesty in new...

Defendants who could not afford a lawyer were often left without legal support for long periods, the rights group says in a new report.

Bill to abolish mandatory death penalty will be tabled in March...

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong says the government is committed to the protection and preservation of human rights.

US to seek death penalty for Pittsburgh synagogue shooter

The accused shooter, Robert Bowers, has pleaded not guilty to a 63-count indictment and is awaiting trial.

18 years’ jail instead of death for killing girlfriend

Sarawak man is spared the noose after appeal court reduces murder charge to culpable homicide.

Group slams charges against lawyer of Malaysian on death row in...

Lawyers for Liberty says M Ravi may be barred from legal practice.

Mexico does not want El Paso shooter executed

The Mexican constitution does not allow the death penalty, hence its government is seeking to extradite Patrick Crusius.

Death penalty for water polluters?

But environmentalist group says weak enforcement means difficulties in securing successful convictions.

French drug smuggler’s death sentence commuted in Indonesia

The Southeast Asian country has some of the world's strictest drug laws – including death for traffickers.

Singapore defends hangings, says drug crimes on the rise

Singapore says no plans to remove mandatory death penalty as it warns against a global trend to ease drug laws.

Flaws in Singapore’s use of the death penalty

84% of executions are for drug offences, with a noticeable spike occurring in 2017 and 2018.

US federal government to resume executions after 16 years

'The Justice Department upholds the rule of law – and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system,' says US Attorney General Barr.

Don’t target Malaysians, lawyer for death row inmates tells Singapore

Lawyers for Liberty’s N Surendran says the Singapore government is practising double standards by not allowing Malaysian lawyers to see their clients in Changi prison.

Don’t execute mentally challenged Malaysian, Singapore urged

Rights group appeals for clemency for Malaysian sentenced to death for drug trafficking in 2010.

Judges to have discretion over death penalty, says Liew

The minister says the proposed changes are meant to give judges wider discretion in deciding whether to impose the death penalty or life imprisonment, or imprisonment for a shorter period.

Singapore denies targeting Malaysians for capital punishment

Responding to claim by Malaysian rights lawyer, the home affairs ministry says all prisoners, regardless of nationality, are accorded 'full due process under the law'.

Govt expected to table bill abolishing death penalty next week

Minister VK Liew says the papers for Cabinet consideration have been finalised, but that the death sentence for trafficking in drugs will remain.

Sri Lanka president rebuffs UN chief over hangings

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena faces several court challenges to his decision to restore the death penalty.

Six convicted over notorious Indian gang rape

The six convicted Hindu men will face the death penalty with a minimum of life imprisonment.

I did not interfere in S’pore court case over death row...

The de facto law minister says it is 'obvious' the Singapore Court of Appeals granted a stay on Pannir Selvam Pranthaman’s execution after considering circumstances and the law.

Rights lawyer slams Singapore minister over defence of death penalty

N Surendran also wonders how K Shanmugam knows Singaporeans are in favour of the death penalty when the republic has repressive laws that make Singaporeans afraid of criticising their government.

Brunei denies gay discrimination despite stoning law

Brunei argues that its does not discriminate the LGBT community, but almost enforced the death penalty on gay men.

Canadian drug smuggler to appeal China death sentence Thursday

The appeal comes against the backdrop of Beijing's anger over the December arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a senior executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Brunei says it won’t enforce gay death penalty after backlash

Celebrity criticism and a boycott of Brunei-related businesses has caused the once adamant Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah to make a u-turn and scrap the death penalty for gay sex.