PM Takes His Word on Death Penalty Back

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Tech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, this morning took back his word about his intention to amend the constitution to allow death penalty.

Yesterday I raised my intention to have a death penalty, but to do so, the amendment to the constitution is needed. However, I'll not request neither His Majesty the King nor the National Assembly for the amendment, there should be a referendum []. Just one night, there were a lot of comments on my Facebook page. [] I accepted the comments from three analysts, said the Premier while presiding over a graduation ceremony of the University of Law and Economics here this morning.

I agree with the three analysts' comments, i.e. no need to amend the constitution, but more efforts to mainstream morality education and participation from the whole society in the prevention of violence and abuses which are also related to drug and alcohol are needed, he added.

According to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Cambodia has to strengthen moral education to avoid any abuses and violence against women, and enforce the law strictly against wrongdoing people, and life imprisonment is enough.

Yesterday, at a get-together with the victims of sexual assaults in AFESHIP's rehabilitation centre in Phnom Penh, Samdech Hun Sen has expressed his intention to amend the constitution to allow death penalty for any father and grandfather who raped their own daughter or granddaughter.

Sexual assault is a very unfortunate and immoral act, said the Prime Minister, underlining that there should be the death penalty for those who committed such abuse against women and children, especially their own grandfathers, fathers or relatives.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press