Maldives set to reintroduce death penalty

Maldives is set to reintroduce death penalty despite international criticism after a 60 year-moratorium, on the ground that severity of punishment might have an impact on the rising number of murder cases and help the law enforcement agencies in controlling drug trafficking in the country. The UN and international non-governmental organizations have urged the government not to reintroduce the death penalty by hanging, citing concerns over fair trials of some inmates.