119 Nigerians awaiting execution in Malaysia over alleged drug offences -Amnesty
London, Oct. 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)–Amnesty International says 119 Nigerians are among a total of 1,281 persons who are awaiting execution after being sentenced to death in Malaysia.
Amnesty gave the figure in its report titled, “Fatally flawed: Why Malaysia must abolish the death penalty.”
It said the 1,281 death row inmates were being kept in 26 detention facilities across Malaysia.
In Malaysia 33 offences are punished with death sentence.
The AI report said the 119 Nigerians were convicted of hard drug-related offences.
“As of 22 February 2019, 1,281 people were under sentence of death in Malaysia, held in 26 detention facilities across the country.
“A startling 44 per cent (568) of all those under sentence of death were foreign nationals, from 43 countries.
“Nationals from Nigeria made up 21 per cent of this group, with those from Indonesia (16%), Iran (15%), India (10%), Philippines (8%) and Thailand (6%) following suit.
“A significant 73 per cent of all those under sentence of death have been convicted of drug trafficking under Section 39(b) of the Dangerous of Drugs Act, 1952 — an extremely high figure for an offence that does not even meet the threshold of the ‘most serious crimes’ under international law and standards and for which the death penalty must not be imposed,” AI said in the report.
Death penalty is currently retained as the punishment for 33 offences in Malaysia and is mandatory for 12 of these. In recent years, it has mostly been used for murder and drug trafficking convictions.