Tough on drugs, but no death penalty says PM.

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Tough on drugs, but no death penalty says PM.

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:41 am

Prime Minister HE announced yesterday that the government will not amend the laws to include the death penalty for murderers and drug traffickers, while comparing some drug issues in Cambodia to that in the Philippines.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh, Mr. HE called on all levels of authorities to cooperate and take legal action against drug traffickers and those engaged in drug-related crimes.

“We will not take measures like Thailand when ruled by Thaksin Shinawatra,” he said, referring to a crackdown by the former Thai prime minister in 2003 aimed at curbing drug trafficking that killed more than 2,800 people without holding anyone accountable.

“We will also not take measures from some countries that kill [prisoners],” he added. “But we will not tolerate any drug-related crime.”

Mr. HE pointed out that some people had requested the laws be rewritten to include the death penalty for murderers and drug traffickers.

“But the government will not do that [death penalty]. Life imprisonment is enough for someone who committed serious crimes,” he said.

“We cannot move backward to amend the constitution to give an opportunity to have the death penalty,” Mr. HE said, adding that those imprisoned on life sentences should not complain about their plight... ... --says-pm/
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