Prisons Dept. to enlist 2 new hangmen

2018-07-12 21:28:12

The Prisons Department will call for applications to recruit two hangmen next week to carry out death sentences, Prisons Spokesman Commissioner Thushara Upuldeniya said.

He said the department with the Justice and Prisons Reforms Ministry is to finalize the list of the inmates who received death sentences over drug trafficking and will handover it for the consent of President Maithripala Sirisena within the week.

There have been no executions in Sri Lanka since June 23, 1976, although death sentences were handed down continuously by the High and Supreme courts for murder and drug trafficking convictions.

Earlier, the Government decided to reinstate capital punishment in 2004 for cases of rape, drug trafficking and murder, however, due to significant opposition to the move no executions have been carried out.

There were two gallows in Bogambara, and Welikada prisons however the Bogambara gallows was removed during its relocation to Pallekele.

The department hired two hangmen for duties in 2015 but they later resigned.

The Department spokesman said it had been a difficult task to recruit a hangman as most of them quit due to stress.

Sri Lanka’s first known formal execution -- a hanging, was carried out in 1812 by Sri Lanka’s British colonial rulers. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 26

  • Waco Friday, 13 July 2018 03:41

    " Onna Babo Billo Enava "

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    Waco Friday, 13 July 2018 04:15

    Not appointing Feild Marshall Sarath Fonseka as the Minster Incharge of Law and Order. Because My3 wants to protect the Rouges.No " Back Born " to implement the Death Penalty.Convicted Crimnals are given Presidential Pardon and release back to the Society.No proper administration - Department of Polce is weak . There is no Law and Order in the Country. Tri-Forces are insulted and humiliated.Most of the Palmentarians are indirectly connected to Drug-Traffiking, Under-World Crimes and Robbing.Drug Deslers, Criminals and Rouges are having Christmas.Where is Sri Lanka heading to?

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    ravin Friday, 13 July 2018 04:41

    Oh too easy to recruit. Get all 225 of diyawanna. Anyway they are hanging masses in long term.

    Reply : 0       20

    kumar Friday, 13 July 2018 05:20

    Should also apply to rape of minors, murder of minors, as well as drugs offenses.

    Reply : 1       22

    Dias Friday, 13 July 2018 06:23

    Be strong and follow through Mr President......please don't vacillate!

    Reply : 1       15

    Nimal Friday, 13 July 2018 06:31

    GR is most suitable for the job. He has got the knowledge, experience and connection, only down side is most of the past experience is killing political opponents, people who criticized him and people who did his dirty work. Still he is capable of carrying out the required orders.

    Reply : 17       16

    Shakoor Friday, 13 July 2018 06:56

    Good pair is sirisena and ranil

    Reply : 3       14

    Cobra Friday, 13 July 2018 07:07

    Here we go again!!!

    Reply : 0       12

    Machan Friday, 13 July 2018 07:16

    How many times they did this. Please don't waste our money. Under international and NGO pressure it won't happen.

    Reply : 1       13

    WarElephant Friday, 13 July 2018 07:34

    I can understand death penalty for murder and drug trafficking but why for rape? After all a woman can simply accuse a man of rape.... Like what is happening in the west with

    Reply : 3       10

    Jagath Leanage Friday, 13 July 2018 08:12

    Hope this is a genuine effort .

    Reply : 1       8

    Carder Friday, 13 July 2018 08:29


    Reply : 4       2

    PC Friday, 13 July 2018 08:29

    Lethal injections are simpler under proper monitoring.

    Reply : 0       13

    George Friday, 13 July 2018 08:36

    Then MR should hanged first.

    Reply : 9       12

    Thomas Friday, 13 July 2018 08:37

    Implement death sentence by hanging or other means for serious offences like Drug Trafficking,Raping and Premeditated murders, and any other the Judges consider fit

    Reply : 1       7

    Prisnor Friday, 13 July 2018 08:55

    Perhaps they will be hanged!!!?

    Reply : 0       6

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 13 July 2018 09:20

    High profile criminals should be hanged as the saying goes but why the noose. Use the electric chair or inject the bastards with cyanide. Saves time and money.

    Reply : 1       7

    Chris Friday, 13 July 2018 09:23

    Malcom Ranjith can apply.

    Reply : 6       7

    Donald Shantha Friday, 13 July 2018 09:29

    How much years it will take to complete the recruitment process. May be in 2020 we can expect this.

    Reply : 1       5

    AJ Friday, 13 July 2018 09:30

    Cant we change the laws to facilitate leathel injection? Its much more humane. Even these drug dealers, rapists and murderers deserve a bit of compassion in their death!

    Reply : 2       8

    ANTON Friday, 13 July 2018 09:40


    Reply : 4       8

    RR Friday, 13 July 2018 11:24

    I am ready!!

    Reply : 1       3

    Jaliya Friday, 13 July 2018 18:22

    For God’ sake STOP …… In all fairness before this rope is wrapped around the first offender’s neck … we as the public must ensure the reliability of the rope. Therefore, we request the manufacture of the rope to put the rope to the test by the following analysis at least 225 times. STRESS, ELASTICITY, TORSION, and INTEGRITY. The 225 tests can be performed at the parliament near the buffet stall on a sunny afternoon.

    Reply : 0       10

    Mond Friday, 13 July 2018 19:53

    Another drama for 2020 election

    Reply : 0       0

    Jerome Friday, 13 July 2018 21:03

    Actions speaks more than words.

    Reply : 0       1

    GH Friday, 13 July 2018 23:53

    It is high time to implement the law. Good Move.

    Reply : 1       2

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