Death penalty on drugs to change

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s cabinet has agreed unanimously to do away with the mandatory death penalty for drug traffickers, a minister said yesterday, but the decision still has to be approved by parliament. The cabinet agreed to amend the colonial-era Dangerous Drugs Act of 1952 to give courts a choice in sentencing, Azalina Othman Said, a minister in the prime minister’s department, said in a parliamentary response.

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