Majority want death penalty restored

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About 90 per cent of the public who visited the gallows at the Bogambara prison wanted the death penalty restored, a Prisons Department official said.

“More than 90 per cent of the visitors had sought the restoration of the death sentence, according to comments made in a book left near the gallows, seeking the views of the public about the implementation of the death sentence,” Senior Prisons Superintendent Tissa Jayasinghe told the Daily Mirror.

The Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry had shifted the inmates of the Bogambara Prison to a different location in Pallekele during the past few months. The prison buildings and premises will be handed over to the Urban Development Authorities.

The Bogambara Prison premises was opened for the public last Saturday and the main attraction was the gallows. During past two days more than 25,000 people had visited the former Prison premises, the department said. (J. A. L. Jayasinghe)-(Pix by Shane Senevitrathne)



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  • tomsamusa Monday, 17 March 2014 05:43 PM

    First find a hangman to rope.

    Fawzan Monday, 17 March 2014 05:58 PM

    By looking at the sheer number of war crimes committed in this country, we definitely required death penalty. Such penalty should not be instance rather I think we should follow Islamic Law of “eye for eye”.

    Paul Monday, 17 March 2014 06:06 PM

    I think only some of the savage nations will have the death penalty nowadays.If Srilanka follow the foot steps of Buddha then they have to take this out completely to become a civilized nation.

    seela Monday, 17 March 2014 06:14 PM

    But ,NO pardon by the President!.

    wal polkitcha Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:34 PM

    Professional are known to have no feelings for the human race. The death sentence must be reintroduced to hang all criminals including the professionals who earn unethically and therefore, criminals.

    MAX Tuesday, 18 March 2014 10:36 AM

    majority like or not,punish the criminaLs according to law,without insulting the law,victims and their loved ones.

    Sriomal de Silva Monday, 17 March 2014 10:16 PM

    Prison is a place of suffering. Those who seek entertainment by visiting prison must do so through sadism. Approving of death penalty must comes from that.
    All that the death penalty does is cutting short the life of a convict and denying the opportunity to reform. He goes to the afterlife or rebirth, without remorse or reform. Wouldn't it be better to lock him away and give a lifetime to repent his crime, So that at least in the next life he will not be reborn a murderer? If it is hell he is going to, he will go there anyway.
    Buddha has shown us that murderers can be corrected. Even Angulimala attained Nirvana. Restoring the death penalty is the biggest insult to Buddhism and also an admission to the inability of Prison officials to keep the death-row properly locked up.

    Gilchrist Rajasuriar Monday, 17 March 2014 10:24 PM

    Life imprisonment without parole should be imposed rather than taking a life.It is more humane than taking away anothers life.

    LS Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:09 AM

    If we restore this we will be the first democratic country to do this. Life in Prison is fine not a death sentence and as a professional I am not in favor of this.

    Alugosuwa Tuesday, 18 March 2014 07:33 AM

    Bring in the rope. Deal with those who have killed whole families first and then the invisible killers, the drug smugglers. Enough is enough. The killers are getting bolder and bolder. via DM iPad app


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