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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
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Malaysia may amend death penalty: Minister

Meth bust in Malaysia
Meth bust in Malaysia
Malaysia may amend the death sentence mandatory for 12 criminal offences after government-backed studies showed that the capital punishment had not led to the desired effects.

“There are positive signs in Malaysia and a steady momentum towards possible change in the death penalty legislation,” Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri told the World Congress Against The Death Penalty in Oslo recently.

Currently, the death penalty is mandatory in Malaysia for 12 offences while 20 other offences are punishable with discretionary death penalty.

Murder, drug trafficking, and offences related to security are punishable with death, Nancy said.

The minister said that a government-backed study on the death penalty had been completed and a paper was being readied by the Attorney General’s Chambers.

The study was conducted by the International Centre For Law and Legal Studies (I-CeLLS).

However, Nancy said empirical studies showed that the death penalty had not led to “the deterring effect that such a penalty was created.”

“Although Malaysia is generally in compliance with international standards in so far as the relevant safeguards (on capital punishment) are concerned, Malaysia’s position on death penalty has always been subjected to national and international criticisms.”

Source: The Tribune, June 22, 2016

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