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Prez says will sign execution order, if convicts continued trade

2018-07-11 17:31:16
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President Maithripala Sirisena said that he would sign required orders to execute capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers, who carried out large-scale drug smuggling operations, while in detention.

“Although there are deferent opinions regarding capital punishment in a Buddhist society, if a large number of criminal acts spread in such a society despite religious sermons, it will be necessary to take some timely actions to control crime,” he said.

The President made this statement at the opening of the ‘Schools to Boost Fight Against Drugs’ campaign at Gatambe Grounds in Kandy today (July 11). This programme has been organized by the National Drugs Eradication Campaign and the Presidential Task Force Against Drugs with the intention of saving school children from the menace of drugs.

President Sirisena said that although the opponents level undue criticism, the number of crimes and rapes has dropped during the last three years. He pointed out that the report on crime in the last 10 years presented to the National Security Council yesterday has revealed that false propaganda about an increase of crime rates after this Government came to power was carried out by the opponents with political agendas.

However, pointing out that some social websites and use of illegal drugs have caused an increase in murders and rapes, the President said that it is the responsibility of the Government as well as the parents to give priority to save children from these evils.

President Sirisena pointed out that the children should be made aware of the dangers of drugs and make them the messengers of creating a drug-free society.

The President presented awards to those who made special contributions to the success of the campaign against drugs and alcohol.

On this occasion, the President made a contribution of Rs 2 million to Vice Chancellor of Peradeniya University, Prof. Upul Dissanayake for construction of an Oral Cancer Treatment Unit at the Medical Department.


  Comments - 12

  • Dee Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:54

    There you go! No capital punishment. And guess what? The drug trade would boom in SL. Well done.

    Reply : 1       71

    Saman Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:44

    No-one really had the backbone to do that for many decades. Why would anyone think this guy would do?

    Reply : 1       60

    Lal Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:56

    Why not catch prison and police who give inside help to the convicts to do business?

    Reply : 1       38

    Zub Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:14

    The best decision by the President please implement it and all the parents in this country will be grateful to you. Please don't back out for any reason.

    Reply : 7       27

    Gangadeva Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:35

    Good Job Mr President ,

    Reply : 16       14

    Jaya Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:40

    Are you sure what you said ?

    Reply : 2       29

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:03

    This fellow does not have the backbone to catch blatant corruption, murders

    Reply : 0       11

    Jay Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:21

    No balls!

    Reply : 0       8

    Palitha Galapitiya Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:31

    Very Good Decision...!!!

    Reply : 2       2

    Rhonda Taylor Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:29

    Implement it forthwith. Don't be a sitting duck. Get going with it and you will see immediate results. What are you waiting for??

    Reply : 0       6

    Dias Thursday, 12 July 2018 15:18

    Dont hold your breath......man has the spine of a jellyfish!!

    Reply : 0       5

    Sena Friday, 13 July 2018 06:40

    Well their Lawyer died a few days back

    Reply : 0       1

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