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President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday that even US President Donald Trump is re-imposing the death penalty to execute those convicted of rape and child abuse.

He said this at an event held at the Bandarawela Town Hall where he handed over the Aktha Pathra to the Ven. Galgodagama Sobhitha Nayaka Thera.

The President highlighted the importance of implementing the death penalty to prevent the proliferation of narcotics and said the US President Trump was implementing the death penalty after a period of 16 years.

"The biggest issue for the US is child abuse and drugs. The US is the powerhouse of the world. The US which is rich in wealth, power and high technology had to re-implement the death penalty. I think it was carried out recently,” he said.

The President said Sri Lanka was a Buddhist country where people are usually religious.

“We follow and listen to Buddhist preaching throughout the day. With foreign conspiracies, comes moral deterioration into the country. Therefore, we should strengthen temples, the Sangha and Pirivenas," the President said.

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  • Kumara Dharmarathne Friday, 02 August 2019 06:08 AM

    Mr. President, As if you are doing, everything what Mr. Trump does. Please don't try to be some one,try to be yourself.

    Hero Friday, 02 August 2019 07:32 AM

    Ha, ha, So Trump is your hero?

    Kumar Friday, 02 August 2019 07:59 AM

    Prez's statement is not true. Many states had the death penalty for many years. These state executed condemned prisoners before Trump's announcement. Trump is referring to federal cases. I would have thought Sri Lankan president know the difference between the state government and federal government in the USA.

    Neville Jayakody Friday, 02 August 2019 08:06 AM

    "Yanne koheda Malle pol" Religious countries like ours should impose death penalty as a revenge, to people who cannot afford expensive lawyers! Alas he is our President!

    Neville Jayakody Friday, 02 August 2019 08:13 AM

    Our President's Kidney too getting closer to his heart as of Trump's!

    North Cherry Friday, 02 August 2019 08:50 AM

    His facts are all screwed up. His facts checkers need to take a look at US criminal justice system

    North Cherry Friday, 02 August 2019 08:57 AM

    Get your facts straight. US never stopped death penalty. See below. Capital punishment is a legal penalty in the United States, currently used by 29 states, the federal government, and the military.[1] Its existence can be traced to the beginning of the American colonies. The United States is the only developed Western nation that applies the death penalty regularly.

    Anmanpan Friday, 02 August 2019 08:58 AM

    President Papa, try to be mature and not do what other do. Even if you have no such vision do not make stupid public statements. Time for a visit to a xxxxx .

    GRU Friday, 02 August 2019 09:03 AM

    In the US it is up to the individual states to decide on whether the death penalty is an option or not, the president has no say in the matter. Almost half of the states in the US have stopped issuing death penalties, with many abolishing the practice. The president should do some research before making such blatantly false claims, unless he knows the info and is just lying to the people, I’m guessing it’s the latter.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 02 August 2019 01:52 PM

    Typical idiotic Statement of an uneducated baiya who gets propped into a position he is actually not competent to handle.


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