Kazakhstan abolished the death penalty, making permanent a nearly two-decade freeze on capital punishment in the authoritarian Central Asian country, a notice on the presidential website said Saturday.
The notice said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had signed off on parliamentary ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights － a document that commits signatories to the abolition of capital punishment.
Executions were paused in Kazakhstan from 2003 but courts continued to sentence convicts to death in exceptional circumstances, including for crimes deemed acts of terror.
Ruslan Kulekbayev was among the convicts set to be executed if the moratorium were lifted. Kulekbayev will now serve a life sentence in jail instead. （AFP）
abolish：動詞，廢除、取消。例句：Military conscription was abolished in the country. （這個國家廢除了徵兵制。）
sign off on：片語，正式批准或簽署。例句：The two companies just signed off on a legally binding agreement.（這兩家公司剛正式簽署一項具法律約束力的協議。）
capital punishment：名詞，死刑、極刑。例句：The party’s candidate pushes for the reimposition of capital punishment.（該黨候選人推動恢復死刑。）