It should be there but shouldn’t be implemented: MR

15 July 2019 07:26 pm - 25     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa today said the death penalty should be there as a punishment but it shouldn't be implemented.

He said this in response to questions by journalists at Mawiththara Sri Thisarana Dharmaayathanaya in Piliyandala.

“The punishment should be there, it shouldn't change. Our opinion is that it shouldn't be implemented,” he said.

When asked about the remarks made by the President that he would a national day of mourning if a bill to abolish the death penalty was presented in parliament, Mr. Rajapaksa said, “That's his opinion.”

He said the death penalty was something which had been stopped after executing two convicted in the 70s during Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s tenure.

“There is a big issue about the death penalty. The President says it should be resumed thinking drugs can be stopped. That's what he believes. But the opinion of the majority in the country is that there is no need for it,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

 

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  • harsha sk Monday, 15 July 2019 08:19 PM

    We are Sinhala Buddhists! How can one have the death sentence in a Dharmadveepa????

    MODA BURUWA Monday, 15 July 2019 08:27 PM

    Yeah ... White vans are there to do the works ...ah .

    Steve Black Monday, 15 July 2019 08:28 PM

    Would Rajapaksa also say when he comes to power white vans should be there but they would not be deployed to kidnap and kill.

    SL Monday, 15 July 2019 08:48 PM

    If you say that drug dealing can be dealt with no death penalty implementation , you set a dealine to curb drug peddling and distribution in this country.as of now there are 115000 school children are addicted to some kind of drug and further more with other age limits. is this the country you want ??? you set of 225 1 idiots failed the country and it's children as a whole

    You r a trickster Monday, 15 July 2019 08:55 PM

    What are you talking. Talking with some sense. Eliminate or not to eliminate.

    TONY Monday, 15 July 2019 08:57 PM

    THERE IS NO PURPOSE IN HAVING AN ACT IF IT IS NOT GOING TO BE CARRIED OUT

    Sarath Monday, 15 July 2019 09:08 PM

    Hope you will vote in favour of the death penalty abolition bill then

    Samson Monday, 15 July 2019 09:39 PM

    Death penalty will not stop smuggling drugs.

    Aney Yako Monday, 15 July 2019 10:26 PM

    Why have it there if you're not going to use it? We don't trust you! You want it there so that you can use it on people who disagree with you...that is the real reason you want it there! You and your family have lied to us for too long! Enough is enough!

    W.Katugampola Monday, 15 July 2019 10:31 PM

    If the whole country knows that you are not going to use it , it is equals to abolition. Can we have a more intelligent answer from a Ex President

    Anmanpan Monday, 15 July 2019 10:59 PM

    Come on man, this is not politics, it is a issue between life and death. Are these the leaders we have today. Miss the leaders we had in the 50s and 60s.

    CEDRIC ILLASINGHE Monday, 15 July 2019 11:10 PM

    THIS BUGGER IS TOP SUPPORTER OF DRUG KING PINS, HE VISITED BIG TIME DRUG SMUGGLERS IN THEIR HOMES AS REPORTED BY THIS NEWS PAPER, WHAT A HYPOCRITE THIS CRIMINAL MAHINDA IS, HE SAY HE DOES NOT WANT IMPLEMENT DEATH PENALTY, YET HE ALONG WITH HIS BROTHER GOTA

    Long Memory Tuesday, 16 July 2019 12:21 AM

    "Kept but not implemented". Just like law and order during your time

    Dr.Indeewari De Silva Tuesday, 16 July 2019 12:24 AM

    I totally agree with death penalty for those who are trying to destroy our nations and childrens life. Then they will reliize value of life.

    Aney Yako Tuesday, 16 July 2019 02:36 AM

    Why have it there if you're not going to use it? We don't trust you! You want it there so that you can use it on people who disagree with you...that is the real reason you want it there! You and your family have lied to us for too long! Enough is enough!

    Tony Tuesday, 16 July 2019 03:41 AM

    Did he get the law degree the same way his son got it ?

    MWTA Tuesday, 16 July 2019 07:15 AM

    Then what's the purpose? You have a car but can't drive it...

    Joker Tuesday, 16 July 2019 08:42 AM

    That is the JOKE of the YEAR!!!

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 16 July 2019 09:57 AM

    What a contradictory and stupid comment from a murderer.

    jaliya Tuesday, 16 July 2019 10:26 AM

    So what he says is we should have the laws ... but we shouldn't enforce them. Correct ..... that is whats been happening for the past 70 tears !! WHAT AN IDIOT !!

    Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 16 July 2019 10:56 AM

    KOHEDA YANNE, MALLAY POL. Talk sense man, should something be 'there' if it cannot be used, hah.

    Dee Tuesday, 16 July 2019 11:39 AM

    How to win if implemented?

    DillonDP Tuesday, 16 July 2019 11:55 AM

    It should be there but not implemented. Then why is it there in the first place

    Raj Tuesday, 16 July 2019 01:17 PM

    What MR says makes sense. The knife always should be hanging above the head of criminals to remind them that we can use it anytime we want! Otherwise bastards will run a criminal world from inside the prison.

    Mike Tuesday, 16 July 2019 07:05 PM

    What a crafty politician, he is trying to walk both sides of the street. However there are idiots who will praise him. Either you have it and implement it or not have it at all.


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