In a hard-hitting statement yesterday, President Maithripala Sirisena called on NGOs which sympathized with drug dealers to remove their masks and look at the threats the children of our country faced due to drugs.
Addressing an event in Mullaitivu to mark the launch of the national drug prevention week, the President said there were politicians and officials who posed as gentlemen but were in fact involved in drug business.
He said a novel approach would be taken to eradicate drug from this country and pledged that the stance he took to implement capital punishment for drug racketeers would not change in any way. He was addressing the anti-narcotic programme at the Vidyanandan Maha Vidyalaya in Mullivaikkal, Mullathivu.
He also launched the hotline '1984' which can be used by the general public to provide information regarding narcotics or organized crime.
“The files of drug racketeers who had been sentenced to death have disappeared from the prisons. There are no such files in the prisons or in the Ministry of Justice .They have been stolen by the racketeers. When I went to Philippines last week, I was able to learn a lot about eradicating drugs. Philippines was a country that had been destroyed due to narcotics. I do not want to do what the president of that country did. I do not do so because there are many people who are against it. The NGOs are very powerful here because NGOs that talk about human rights take the side of only the drug racketeers. That is why they have more power.”
He said that the President of Philippines was an example for world leaders when he was in Manila. According to him, the human rights organizations had said that he would be taken to Hague and punished for making the statement against human rights.
"When I was returning, I read a newspaper during my flight and that paper had also highlighted the new. Those who talk about human rights are going to protect the drug racketeers. Therefore, I will not give up the fight against drug racketeers", the President said.
“ I ask human rights organizations to remove their masks and protect our children. Poverty has increased due to drugs because it is the poor who use drugs. I would like to ask as to why the human rights organizations do not understand this reality. Next week, a special team would come to this country with the objective of controlling the drug menace," he said.
“ I must tell all of you that I decided to hang the drugs racketeers who have been sentenced to death. I declared it recently. There are no files for the people who are condemned to death. They have disappeared. It is only the judgment that is available in the court. The reason is that drug racketeers have stolen them. There is one file in this country. That belongs to a Pakistani. I need not hang a Pakistani. But I want to find out one or two files of Sri Lankans. I am going to reveal the details of the officers who have disguised as gentlemen in due course.” (Sithum Chathurang)
raj Tuesday, 22 January 2019 05:12
we always needs somebody to check when someone has power and use it. So, please do not criticize and reject them completely. They are the one to protect people from prosecution when the law is applied incorrectly.
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Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 22 January 2019 05:18
While wishing him on his good intentions of drug menace eradication/controlling I doubt his effort will be a success since he faces overwhelming barrier of human right activists who care a damn for human left after destruction.
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RR Tuesday, 22 January 2019 05:39
It is interesting to note that the President is personally spending a lot of effort to tackle the drug problem, when there are lot of big problems in the country to resolve. The national economic problem is the most important and the whole country is suffering. Like this there are many important and major problems to tackle.Drug problem can be resolved by proper legal methods, serious police escorts, strict rules at the immigration environment resorts. For a President to go and spend a week in another country to discuss drug issues, may make him to forget the problem, by taking some drugs himself. It is a shame.
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Premawathie Tuesday, 22 January 2019 15:20
Please dont talk rubbish and exhibit your ignorance. Drug use is a HUGE problem and also erodes on a socio cultural level. Families are broken, poverty, prostitution, corruption - all of these are as a result of drugs and drug trafficking. If they can manage to clean up 50% of the mess in this country, we can surge forward. Unless of course you have vested interest in the drug mafia and dont want it to be cleaned up? Detection and rehabilitation is the only way forward.
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Jude Tuesday, 22 January 2019 05:39
Drug Lords indirectly fund These people and the organizations!! Yeah!!
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sunil vijaya Tuesday, 22 January 2019 06:08
a terrorist has no rights with the law. similarly a person who terrorises the society with drug trafficking and killings has no rights with the law. he should be eliminated extra-judicially. all NGO in sri lanka should be de-registered asap and acceptable ones ONLY should be registered, this NOGO is a business and a racket by the west to have a hold on developing countries to disseminate their values and creeds.
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Stan Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:58
Not everything is a western conspiracy. If the President was a true Buddhist he would never support taking the life of another human no matter how horrible of a person the one in question could be.
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Sunil Tuesday, 22 January 2019 06:10
Once again, useless talk, but no action at all. What about the drug dealers whom you said on whom the death sentence would be carried out. How many have gone to the gallows? Drug dealers are ones who rejoice most at your empty utterances.
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City Tuesday, 22 January 2019 06:39
Sir,we appreciate your effort.but please revealing the details in due course is unacceptable.please reveal one names of what you have been saying,then the rest will follow.dont make fancy statements to the gallery Sir.
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Jude Tuesday, 22 January 2019 07:06
Druglords and Politicians go "Hand in Hand" sometimes!!!?? Yeah!!
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Amara Tuesday, 22 January 2019 07:08
It is true that narcotics are very destructive to society, but you should have some sympathy towards the users. There is a difference between users and dealers. Philippino president does not see the distinction. A responsible society has to rehabilitate users. The government can produce some of these narcotics for rehab purposes.
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Jude Tuesday, 22 January 2019 07:39
Amara, Drug users made a life choice!! They're addicted!!! They themselves have to find a way to kick the habit !!! Philippines government have more priorities than "Babysitting" drug addicts!! Yeah!!
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SL Tuesday, 22 January 2019 07:18
Hang the recently captured drug smuggler first rather than waiting for the previous !
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DJ Tuesday, 22 January 2019 07:21
Stop the big talk and get on with it. Start with your own politicians and set an example
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gajaba Tuesday, 22 January 2019 11:32
If he is really serious he should start investigating with the individual Dhiran Nirmalingam and CBD holdings who for decades have paid off the law to keep a blind eye.
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Out Tuesday, 22 January 2019 11:32
I believe everyone realise the impact on drugs on society, but capital punishment is not a deterrent for the big drug importers and dealers who hardly get caught or has the necessary connections. It's the poor person that will be executed by you in most cases without proper legal representation.
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Tim Tuesday, 22 January 2019 11:37
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Mahila Tuesday, 22 January 2019 12:24
Hang all and every individual who has been caught using drugs, immaterial of his/her standing in society. Essentially, ensure the normal legal process is followed.I Have read from the Hindu Chronicle, "Thirukural" translated into English and published in Madras, that, "The worst sinner is not the Killer of the cows (butcher) to provide meat for the people, but the people who eat Meat themselves who become the consumer, thus providing an opportunity to create a Market for the sale of Beef is the worst crime and should be abhorred. Without the market the butcher would forget his profession".Likewise with drugs it is the users who had to be educated/uplifted so that there is remediation and abhor the use of drugs. Then the problem is solved.Therefore it would have been better for the President to have gone to Chennai than spending all that money and going to Manila. unless there was some other valid reason to go to the Philippines. It's a very nice country and lovely endearing people.
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ice Tuesday, 22 January 2019 13:39
Well said. He knows who. He does not have to go anywhere. Simply get his Forces to do the job, while advising ministers to let the Forces do the job! Very simple
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kumar Tuesday, 22 January 2019 14:16
Utter stupid argument!. You cant compare meat eaters with drug addicts. Most of the drug addicts are youngsters. In most cases they became addictive to drugs without their consent.
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Kalana Tuesday, 22 January 2019 13:59
Mr president, avoid endless talking about drugs which every body knows and request to take action seriously
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peter Tuesday, 22 January 2019 14:58
why blame the NGO's when it is the SL govt. and judicial system that has betrayed the people.
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Citizen Tuesday, 22 January 2019 15:34
This fellow IS going MAD!
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Phantom Wednesday, 23 January 2019 07:32
Hope he realizes the gravity of pardoning Duminda, a drug dealer par excellence plus murdering thug!
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sacre blieu Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:14
To finally embrace the death wish, if we continue to drag the debate about imposing the death penalty, to ultimately discovering that more children would also become addicted to the drugs and become victims of the menace. Very likely that some of theses NGO's may also be smuggling these drugs under the protection of the law.
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