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Drug-related convicts - Talatha hands over list to Cabinet

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A day after President Maithripala Sirisena complained that case files of drug convicts on death row were missing, Justice Minister Talatha Athukorale handed over to the Cabinet a list of 18 such prisoners facing capital punishment.

The President is reported to have said this at a function in Mulaitivu where he had also announced that capital punishment would be implemented.

The justice minister did so when Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen drew the attention of the Cabinet to the statement made by the President.

Sri Lanka has stopped carrying out the death sentence since 1976. However, the President had announced last year that he would sign the documents necessary to carry out the death sentence for those convicted of drug-related offences. The President had also said the convicts found guilty of coordinating drug trafficking from their prison cells would be hanged first and sought a report on such convicted criminals. (Kelum Bandara)

 

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  • Chris Subramaniam Tuesday, 22 January 2019 11:08 PM

    Hang them not, leave them.

    SL Wednesday, 23 January 2019 07:01 AM

    drug dealer who are destroying the young generation in this country should have no sympathy. Now many Pakistani, Afghan,Bangladeshi's are also involving with smuggling with the support of locals. We will support even if police raid /check every one to eradicate this danger!.please hang all smugglers captured!

    SL Wednesday, 23 January 2019 07:04 AM

    drug dealer who are destroying the young generation in this country should have no sympathy. Now many Pakistani, Afghan,Bangladeshi's are also involving with smuggling with the support of locals. We will support even if police raid /check every one to eradicate this danger!.please hang all smugglers captured!

    ANTON Wednesday, 23 January 2019 07:18 AM

    NO NEED OF SPECIAL LISTS, THERE ARE SO MANY IN THE PARLIAMENT.......... FIRST HANG THEM, WHOLE WORLD WILL BE DELIGHTED.

    ICE Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:24 AM

    CHEERS!! well said! First begin from the parliament!!

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:37 AM

    You just cannot hang every Tom,Dick and Harriet.The files may have taken a walk but the Minister has done her job via the prison computer. So lets see what happens next.

    Dee Wednesday, 23 January 2019 08:52 AM

    Now let's see if Philippines training will be put into action?

    Unchikun Wednesday, 23 January 2019 08:53 AM

    Noe Madan, gives him the rope and let him hang!

    Safeek Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:39 AM

    Hang them, not leave them

    Himalaka Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:44 AM

    Duminda Silva will escape by hook or crook, rest will be executed that is the law(Low) and order in this country

    SAM Wednesday, 23 January 2019 10:00 AM

    Why store dead rotten meat in prison? Discard it or else these rotten meat will spoil the atmosphere and make the youth sick.

    Rasheed Wednesday, 23 January 2019 10:38 AM

    Most of the drug related prisoners are not the real drug dealers, they were paid to act for some one.


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