The Tongan legislature is now considering the Illicit Drugs Control (Amendment) Bill 2021, which was introduced as a private members’ bill by the Speaker, Lord Fakafanua.
He wants a mandatory death sentence for offenders who traffic 5 kilograms or more of a Class A drug.
Matangi Tonga reported Fakafanua as saying “drugs offences are on the rise and at a very alarming rate in Tonga”.
Fakafanua also said most reoffended.
Several other pieces of legislation aimed at getting on top of Tonga’s drug problem, were now before Parliament.
They include the Intoxicating Substances Bill 2021 and the Therapeutic Goods (Amendment) Bill 2021.
The Illicit Drugs Control (Amendment) Bill 2021 proposes:
Tonga is one of just two Pacific states — the other being Papua New Guinea — that still has the death penalty on its books.
But it has not used it in 40 years.
- Papua New Guinea has not used the death penalty in more than 70 years and the judicial process last week lifted a temporary ban, clearing the way for 14 people on death row to be executed.
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