Gallows issue hangs in balance: Minister

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Justice and Prisons Reforms Minister Thalatha Atukorale said the Government was still to make a final decision on implementing death penalty and said more information needed to arrive at a final decision.

Speaking to media after participating at an event in Ratnapura, the Minister said that they need to make an examination of death row criminals’ case through the Attorney General's Department before deciding.

Commenting on disbanding of the Welikada Prison Intelligence Unit, the Minister said, she would have to take a decision whether the intelligence unit would continue.

“There is no need for an intelligence unit, if there are drugs inside, if there are telephone facilities,” she said.

“I have received a lot of complaints. I still have not taken a decision about what I would do,” she said.

Minister Atukorale said that if there was an intelligence unit, it should work according to intelligence information.

Meanwhile, commenting on recruitment of hangman to Prisons Department, she said that several individuals had come forward for the job even without asking a payment. “It’s good and no burden to the Government. But we have not take a final decision,” she said.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 20

  • Unchikun Sunday, 29 July 2018 12:20 PM

    For me it was never in the balance. The drug problem can not be solved by hanging people. It was a stupid idea and we the citizens have to take the blame for sending unsuitable people to govern. What a joke and I am rolling, Ha Ha Ha.

    AJ Tuesday, 31 July 2018 12:55 PM

    You are absolutely correct. The politicians are the patrons of the drug bosses. How else to they get money for the next election campaign,

    Waco Sunday, 29 July 2018 12:34 PM

    Death Penalty is not the answer. The answer is to appoint Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka as the Minister Incharge of Law and Order.

    Coconut Republic Sunday, 29 July 2018 12:41 PM

    Yes , you are correct! Why an intelligent unit , when there is NO intelligence? ?? Check all the so called intelligence members , for their intelligent act with the criminals

    johan Sunday, 29 July 2018 01:11 PM

    1)Death Penalty can be imposed for the future convicts from the date of Cabinet approval.2)Life sentence for the past convicts should continue3)High ranking officials along with some MPs are responsible for this Drug Maffia and poverty stricken people are used for selling purpose only. Sharks should be caught before punishing sprats.

    Unchikun Sunday, 29 July 2018 01:37 PM

    I am no legal professional. A person is sentenced to death after a legal procedure and is finally carried out once the president signs the execution order. Now why do you need to consult the Attorney General ‘s department? Is is because the people getting sentenced to death did not have funds to provide the grease?

    Saman Sunday, 29 July 2018 01:49 PM

    Can't take a single straight forward decision. Why do we need a government?

    Mevan Sunday, 29 July 2018 02:53 PM

    Death penalty is what is needed. Otherwise jailors in prison are not safe. Drug criminals inside jail should be eliminated along with future offenders if politicians want to end drug menace.

    Gamini Sunday, 29 July 2018 03:37 PM

    One of the good media interviews given by a minister in the recent times.

    Clueless Sunday, 29 July 2018 04:34 PM

    This is not going happen. Don't waste time move on with eradicating corruption.

    Sambo Sunday, 29 July 2018 06:06 PM

    This is because you politicians are so uneducated and open your mouth not knowing what you are speaking and later realize you have spoken. Not hangs, this will never happen.

    Martin Milton Sunday, 29 July 2018 06:45 PM

    This poor 'appeasing, and obsequious' GOSL now fearful of outside and foreign agencies. Poor spineless individual, this Minister. If the President wishes to make his decision stand let him stand up once again and reiterate what he said and never detract from it. Guts and exemplary action needed at this vital hour. MM

    Ceylon Sunday, 29 July 2018 09:11 PM

    Sirisena liar again playing with people.he is druming and media dancing.this is the 100th of time this useless corrupt politician lied and cheated people.he said he hang drug changed the words becauae if hang he also go to gallow.lanka kudu king he appointed as a minister.

    Ceylon Sunday, 29 July 2018 09:16 PM

    Everybody knows this is not happen.if happen next day he can execute all the death raw criminals by army firing squad.these all are jokes to cover burning problems.anyway how come his closest king pings send to gallow???.

    Cobra Monday, 30 July 2018 06:39 AM

    All this balances with a small difference-using 'dead' rope!

    Wise Donkey Monday, 30 July 2018 06:50 AM

    We knew this from the beginning.......OK let them keep killing us, you don't kill them. This is the fate of the helpless unarmed public. Thank you.

    Themis Monday, 30 July 2018 07:50 AM

    According to the reports in the media their crime is involving in drug related offences while in the prison. First you have to prove in the High Court that they are involved in drug related offences while residing under custody. You have to prove without doubt that they are really involved.

    VJ Monday, 30 July 2018 09:27 AM

    We know it will not be implemented, let’s not dwell on that argument. Another very important issue you have been dodging to answer is, when is the special courts starting proceedings?

    Waco Monday, 30 July 2018 03:56 PM

    My3, who voted him to power. RW, came through the back door.

    CITIZEN Monday, 30 July 2018 05:42 PM

    It is not only Gallows Madam, almost everything you guys promise 'HANG IN THE BALANCE"

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