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October 29 2009 | MALDIVES

Maldives

President Nasheed against death penalty in new criminal code

 
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Maldives: President Nasheed: New penal code will hopefully exclude death penalty, amputation

President Mohamed Nasheed has said he that is hopeful the new penal code will exclude the penalties of death and amputation. The President made the

statement while speaking to the nation on his weekly Friday radio address.

Following discussions, the People's Majlis sent the revised draft penal code to an ad hoc committee for further review on Wednesday.

On death penalty, the President said: "A fair, a very fair trial in my view as fair as the justice delivered during the Prophetic era must be

ensured before taking a human life. I don't believe that the Maldives' judicial system has the capacity to meet all requirements for such a fair

trial. Ultimately, the burden of pardoning or the burden of implementing death penalty is upon the President."

President Nasheed said that in his opinion it was unwise to make death penalty a codified punishment in law.

"I'm hopeful the penal code would be passed without offences punishable by death," said the President.

With regard to amputation, the President said amputation as a penalty has never been the common practice in the Maldives. He said the consequences

of the only two instances of implementing amputation in the past were negative and bad.

"I don't think the penal code should include amputation as a penalty," said the President.

 

During his radio address on Friday, President Nasheed also spoke on the underwater cabinet meeting to be held at Girifushi.

He said the underwater Cabinet meeting will be a significant achievement in drawing the world attention to the Maldives efforts to address climate

change.

"It's crucial that the voice of Maldives' politicians  or the cabinet be heard throughout the world," he said. "This is because of the threat posed

to the Maldives from climate change."

He further said a dialogue between the Maldives and the rest of the world must be started. The underwater Cabinet meeting, the President said, would

facilitate such a dialogue by attracting the world attention on the Maldives.

"There is hardly any news media that have not talked about this event," President Nasheed said.

Some of the major international media outlets are in the Maldives to cover the event.

In the radio address, President Nasheed also spoke on the bill on the privileges and immunities of former presidents, which was passed on Tuesday.

Referring to the controversial "Article 9" which was ultimately removed, the President said it was unacceptable that any citizen had the immunity

from being tried in a court of law.

The bill provides for pension and other allowances for former presidents.

President Nasheed also reiterated a theme he has raised on several occasion. He said former presidents should remain as former presidents should they wish the respect and admiration of the people.

"If former presidents become opposition political leaders, the respect and admiration they get will be on that capacity," said the President.

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