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Malaysia Considers Mandatory Jail Terms For Paedophiles
Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-15/an-malaysia-mandatory-jail-for-stat-rape/4312596?section=australianetworknews
Source Date: Monday, October 15, 2012
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: Malaysia
Created: Oct 15, 2012

Malaysia is planning to make jail terms mandatory for people convicted of having sex with minors.

It follows a public outcry over the case of two men convicted of statutory rape who were allowed to go free.

In the first case, a national ten-pin bowler was freed on probation following a successful appeal against a five-year jail sentence.

The bowler had pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old when he was 19.

In the second case, a 22-year-old was also freed on probation after being found guilty on two charges of statutory rape of his girlfriend, who was 12 years old.

Defence lawyers in both cases had argued that the men were first time offenders, and no force was involved.

Local media quoted Nazri Aziz, the minister in charge of Malaysia's legal matters, as saying the government would change the law to prevent judges from lifting jail sentences in such cases.
The proposed change would come before parliament next year, he reportedly said.

Nazri could not immediately be reached for further comments.

The age of consent is 16 in Malaysia.

Rape is punishable by a minimum five-year and maximum 20-year jail sentence and whipping.
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