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Aviation ministry has sent the draft anti-hijacking bill, which includes death sentence as a punishment, to the law ministry for vetting. To make the anti-hijacking law much tougher the aviation ministry wants to repeal the Anti-Hijacking Act 1982 and replace it with a new one.
“In order to improve aviation security and create deterrence, it is proposed to introduce anti-hijacking bill 2014 by repealing the Anti-Hijacking Act 1982. The proposed legislation will enlarge the scope and definition of “hijacking” and enhance the punishment to include death penalty and confiscation of property of perpetrators as well as of conspirators/ abettors,” said the aviation ministry 100-day action plan submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office.