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Sri Lanka to implement death penalty on drug traffickers

2018-07-10 17:51:20
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Minister of Buddhasasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said today the cabinet of Ministers had decided to Implement the death sentence for drug traffickers including those who were already being sentenced to death in prisons.

Speaking to the Media at the Ministry of Buddhasasana, he said the decision of implementing the death sentence could have been carried out during the past fifteen years.

The cabinet of ministers had taken this collective decision considering the recent deaths and a large amount of drug imports planned by the drug traffickers who were already in the prison custody and sentenced to death.

With the cheers of the cabinet ministers, President Maithripala Sirisena had instructed Justice and Prison Reforms Minister Thalatha Atukorale to prepare the draft bill to implement the death sentence.

“As the Ministry of Buddhasasana, I never take decisions on my own. My Chief advisers are Mahanayakas, Anunayakas and Lekakadhikari Theras including the Maha Sangha,” he said.

All the Maha Sangas had agreed to the decision taken by the Cabinet Ministers. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)


  Comments - 54

  • Sofia Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:05

    Well done. This was long overdue. It is when one sees the suffering of a family who has even one member who is a drug addict that realisation comes - it is a living death. The importers and traffickers deserve death for it is even worse than murder of one person.

    Reply : 13       172

    Wise Donkey Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:05

    This is good news but it should include the murderers too. This is the only way to curtail crime in the country.

    Reply : 10       153

    Barney Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:20

    We have no right to take anyone's life.. On a separate note how just will it be in a country like ours,where the justice system is so "perfect"..

    Reply : 135       54

    Gamaya Tuesday, 10 July 2018 22:23

    Well said Barney. With such a corrupt system we run the risk of persons manipulated by the drug Mafia being hanged while the " godd fathers " remain at large. What we need is Honest Law enforcement

    Reply : 7       15

    Machan Wednesday, 11 July 2018 01:17

    Cannot agree with you Barney at this juncture. The rate of crime is increasing than the rate of punishment. We have to bring it under control first.

    Reply : 4       19

    Premalal Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:35

    However inhumane the death penalty is, it can be justified by the number of lives drugs destroy. However while we pour scorn on the suppliers we only sympathies with the users which, in my opinion is being too soft an approach.

    Reply : 7       22

    Saman Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:27

    Why can't grant the same for Murder cases specially child abusers? For now VVIP are safe.

    Reply : 4       122

    Farook Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:32

    A great decision

    Reply : 13       106

    johan Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:53

    Do not be over joy.Nothing will be implemented.This only news

    Reply : 5       93

    Escobar Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:36

    Will it also apply to the well know Western Province drug kingpin who was a former Deputy Minister and close confidante of The Family?

    Reply : 2       88

    True lankan Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:41

    Government should act quickly before human rights organizations and some countries oppose this decision. They should act quickly to hang couple of top drug dealers who destroyed our young generation.Kudos for the decision. We are waiting for the quick implementation.

    Reply : 6       49

    Zub Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:57

    The best news hope the clergy don't object to it

    Reply : 8       40

    LP Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:01

    Death penalty for few will save thousands of our sons.

    Reply : 5       60

    Dee Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:19

    Now the priests will be on the roads with robes raised. President will see it and change the decision the very next day.

    Reply : 4       54

    Bala Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:08

    Yes the priests can get them to reside in the temples - not prisons on taxpayer account.

    Reply : 0       17

    Lott Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:39

    Do not believe this parliamentarians are with then

    Reply : 0       39

    Jayamini Perera Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:47

    Start with nimal lansa and duminda silva.

    Reply : 2       89

    Citizen Tuesday, 10 July 2018 21:10

    Implementation of the Death Penalty should be done on a priority basis with POLITICIANS involved heading the list.

    Reply : 1       56

    Jagath Leanage Tuesday, 10 July 2018 21:11

    We eagerly awaiting to see the who the first person going to be prosecuted .

    Reply : 2       44

    Mangala Samaraweera Tuesday, 10 July 2018 22:39

    I made it very clear that I am against the death penalty : I will support however the strongest possible sentences for the big time narcotic dealers pretending to be the custodians of morality in our society today.

    Reply : 2       8

    Ceylon Tuesday, 10 July 2018 22:46

    If so expect top figures of last government and this government will on death raw.

    Reply : 1       6

    Summa Tuesday, 10 July 2018 23:00

    Should be imposed on MPs and Ministers too. People's (supposed to be) representatives looting the peoples themselves is like raping their own mothers.

    Reply : 0       5

    Stunned Citizen Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:03

    Can I apply for the Executioners Post?

    Reply : 2       5

    Manel Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:16

    The best news I heard after getting independence. Implement it WITHOUT bending the law.

    Reply : 1       5

    Ceylon Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:59

    Death penalty is there.sirisena dont impliment it.he dont sign for the judgement.over 1000 are on death raw waiting to die.this joke is now going on from sirima time.sirisena trying to fool the people.

    Reply : 0       8

    Kirimom Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:09

    Firstly stop king-pins there will be no more

    Reply : 0       15

    Sidy Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:13

    This should not be done because we as a nation ratified Rome Statute I think in 1998. It says countries which ratify may abolish capital punishment from their legal systems.

    Reply : 9       5

    bishrullah Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:16

    Which will help to serve Human Right of the rest of the human. It also must be implemented on rapists especially child rapists.

    Reply : 2       11

    Thomas Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:26

    What about including Rapists, Premeditated Murderers????

    Reply : 2       15

    JIM Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:28

    THAT WILL REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MP'S IN THE IDIOT HOUSE. SHAME INDEED.

    Reply : 0       13

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:38

    Best piece of news in three years if it is positive. Implement the same for murderers and rapists too.

    Reply : 2       13

    DM to study Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:38

    DM to study:State Bank employees salary increase from 14% to 35%. Contact Bank employees Union to get confirm.Minimum wage for peon is Rs 70000/=. Compare this with a teacher. No need to study. Can get a Bank job by contacting politician and paying ....

    Reply : 3       7

    Dudley Kamal Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:51

    well said Barney. No one can take life of an other. Having realized this most of the countries in developed countries have abandoned the death penalty. Existing law is good enough if implemented properly.Unfortunately some of the politicians are connected to them and police in their pay roll

    Reply : 12       7

    Mandy Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:14

    So you want to keep the drug conviicts in prison for life on taxpayer account for having ruined so many lives of youngsters at great pain to parents and families. Have you spoken to a family that had a drug addict or experienced the trauma of that family.

    Reply : 1       16

    pissa Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:24

    Are you mad. Please go to Angoda to check your brain. Those who are suffered and suffering only knows the difficulty of living. How many people we know personally who use this drug and creating problem to their families too. Are you blind?

    Reply : 1       1

    Dudley Kamal Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:50

    Money spend on convicts in prison is peanuts in compared to colossal money wasted by politicians.

    Reply : 0       2

    Dudley Kamal Thursday, 12 July 2018 14:47

    Capital punishment is belong to medieval period. There are enough instances where innocents are executed. Sri Lank unfortunately a country where system could be manipulated. I am sure death penalty will not help to over come drug menace.Those bigwigs go Scot free.

    Reply : 0       0

    Rhonda Taylor Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:33

    It is about time and very appropriate to also include child molesters and rapists into the category of those who get the death penalty. There would be a marginal drop in crimes if implemented.

    Reply : 1       8

    Ranjan Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:38

    Why no one ask death penalty for corruption and misappropriation of public property.?

    Reply : 0       11

    Sudha Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:16

    Because if we applied the death penalty for corruption we would have no Government anymore.

    Reply : 0       2

    senaratne Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:46

    I guarantee that this will never be implemented. Sirisena doesn't have the guts to do it. It will only happen on a day that Field Marshal Fonseka becomes the president of this country.

    Reply : 1       15

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:56

    A completely wrong decision by stupid politicians. Sri Lanka falls back to the age of barbarians. This is against human rights. The EU will immediately cancel GSP . Research has shown that the death penalty do not prevents any offender from committing an offense. In the US, after the executions, 10% of those executed were found innocent.

    Reply : 15       8

    Rasheed Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:22

    First catch the main supplier and hang him , then you will save the life of the rest.But the problem is that the main person has political and Police back up.

    Reply : 0       8

    The Joker Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:25

    This will never happen. The right decisions are never implemented in SL.

    Reply : 0       7

    DnA Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:50

    Politicians asked the Mahasanga, say that they gave the consent OK . Law makers ask to take a life of a criminal because it is according to the Death Penalty Law WHAT IS THIS LAW THAT JUDGES GIVE VERDICT BUT NOT IMPLEMENTED WHO IS FOOLING WHO ? It is sad that we live in country today's day and age, where we are unable to understand right from wrong.....

    Reply : 1       4

    idroos Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:02

    Good ThoughtNext when will it b Lawed and When Implemented Definitely we do not have to wait for another fifteen years

    Reply : 1       1

    REEZ Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:03

    First find the Alugosuwa

    Reply : 1       5

    Opc Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:34

    First of catch the guy who brought one full container of drugs to sathosa from Brazil in a sugar container. Rishard B is went Scot free on that. Wonder whether the government is also getting a share out of these sales. Otherwise why aren't they catching the big fish.

    Reply : 0       2

    Ceylon Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:16

    Look at this minister.he is budda sasana minister.he aprived death sentence.he must resign or sack.these are the fake buddhusts filled in stilanka.

    Reply : 0       3

    Dan Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:26

    This will never happen. Just a political jargon.

    Reply : 0       0

    Addict Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:27

    Ahh...Finally! Can get rid of a lot of politicians then!

    Reply : 0       3

    morris Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:55

    why do we pass the burden on the executive president of the country to carry out the death sentence ordered by judges of our court which will never happen? give the presiding judges full powers who ever pass the death sentence should include the date ,time and the year to carry out the judges orders not to pass the burden on the executive president to carry the judges order. Then this will stop the flow of the drugs to this country

    Reply : 1       0

    Doug Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:39

    Tell us when you have hanged the first man.

    Reply : 0       2

    jothi Bandara Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:26

    How many politicians are to begin with this process!!Saadhu! Saadhuu!! Saaadhuuu1!!

    Reply : 0       3

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