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Maldives to implement death penalty in Sept: pres

Fathmath Shaahunaz
06 August 2017, MVT 22:44
President Abdulla Yameen speaks at PPM ceremony in STELCO. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
06 August 2017, MVT 22:44

The government is carrying out preparations to implement capital punishment in the Maldives before the end of next month, announced President Abdulla Yameen on Sunday.

Speaking at a ceremony of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) held at State Electric Company (STELCO), President Yameen declared that Minister of Home Affairs Azleen Ahmed has given him a guarantee that preparations will be completed before the end of September to execute the death penalty, including establishing facilities and procuring resources.

According to the regulations compiled by the home ministry on capital punishment, the death penalty will be executed via hanging or lethal injection.

Currently, only three convicts on death row have completed their appeal trials. They are Hussain Humam convicted of murdering Dr Afrasheem Ali, Mohamed Nabeel convicted of killing Abdulla Farhad, and Ahmed Murrath convicted of murdering Ahmed Najeeb.

Several international bodies and foreign entities have voiced concerns over the Maldives bringing back capital punishment after 60 years, urging the government against the decision. They include the United Nations, European Union, Amnesty International, United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

Meanwhile, a number of religious scholars and politicians have also raised questions whether the death penalty can be implemented justly while the judiciary is not independent.