Govt to draft, implement regulation on death penalty

Azuhaar Abdul Azeez, Haveeru Online
Feb 10, 2014 - 09:22
  • A handout photo released by the President's Office shows President Abdulla Yameen chairing a cabinet meeting held at the President's Office on February 9, 2014. PHOTO/ PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

  • A handout photo released by the President's Office shows President Abdulla Yameen chairing a cabinet meeting held at the President's Office on February 9, 2014. PHOTO/ PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

  • A handout photo released by the President's Office shows President Abdulla Yameen chairing a cabinet meeting held at the President's Office on February 9, 2014. PHOTO/ PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

The cabinet on Sunday approved the execution of death penalty, and decided to draft and enact regulations on the process of execution as soon as possible.

Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Muaz Ali said that the ministers observed how murder is increasing in the Maldives and agreed that the execution of death penalty is possible in accordance with existing laws.

After discussions, the cabinet decided to draft detailed regulations on how actions will be taken in investigations and prosecutions with regards to the death penalty, Muaz said. The regulations will grant all the constitutional rights to the suspect, and include the matters the prosecutor general must confirm before the prosecution begins, he added.

The ministers also decided to include in the regulations, how to act in communicating with the relatives of the deceased and that a sentence shall be made on such a case based on the decision of the Supreme Court.

The cabinet also advised the president on creating means to determine if everything has been completed lawfully in the procedures leading to the implementation of death penalty. The president was also advised that death by lethal injection was the best option and that this must be included in the regulations.

Home minister Umar Naseer had issued an order on Correctional Services to make preparations to implement death sentences, requiring the use of lethal injection for execution.

The order requires the use of lethal injection for execution, and the penalty be carried out at Maafushi prison.

The latest death sentence was handed to Hussain Humam, the prime suspect in the murder of former Ungoofaru MP Dr Afrasheem Ali.

Afrasheem was found stabbed to death on the stairway of his apartment building on the night of October 1, 2012.

Humam had denied the murder charges despite confessing to the crime in a previous hearing. But the court referred to his previous confession and found him guilty of the murder charges last Thursday.

Twenty people have been sentenced to death so far. High Court overturned the sentence of one of the convicts, whilst the rest have been stalled at the appeal court.

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