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At least 224 remand prisoners sentenced to death at the Welikada prison launched a hunger strike this morning, urging authorities to release them under a common pardon or to carry out their death sentence.

Prison authorities have taken steps to ease the tense situation under the directions of Prisons Commissioner General Major General V.R De Silva.

“The prison officers are currently negotiating with them and trying to ease the situation as soon as possible”, a senior prison officer said. (SD)

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  • Appu Thursday, 19 May 2011 01:41 PM

    Please let them die!

    Shard Thursday, 19 May 2011 02:10 PM

    Try to reform them or give them a second chance if still bad then killed them.

    Emsee Thursday, 19 May 2011 02:36 PM

    How can remand prisoners be sentenced to death? Someone please educate me.

    Human Rights to Die Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:51 AM

    Why Negociate they are asking they have been condemed to die, ( Innocent or guilty or framed ) only god knows.

    They asking we die or live. To live release us or Die - Execute ro we Execute our self.

    Why the World is so crual to people. Sentence them to die but also not allowing them to die.

    Wimal_Modawansa Thursday, 19 May 2011 10:09 AM

    Why don't you send them to the UN office.

    Dr.Herath Thursday, 19 May 2011 10:36 AM

    let them die or change the prison sentence to three or life sentences so they will not enjoy the freedom!!
    They cannot include in the common pardon as they are not petty theives or common criminals ,but murderes, gangasters and organised mobsteres
    no way
    common pardon , i do not agree with that, if you did the crime you Must Do the time!!

    Chayani Thursday, 19 May 2011 10:41 AM

    A death sentence in Sri Lanka is that person has done a very bad crime! why feel sorry for them when they caused so much pain and damage in others life

    Thank a minute!

    Kalu Sudda Thursday, 19 May 2011 10:26 PM

    Hope they go on for a long time.What a saving of public money.

    Binatan Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:20 PM

    Thats news to all the rest of you hardcore criminals. "going to prison is worse than death".

    Mohammed Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:27 AM

    Prison for those who are sentenced to death is a living hell.

    sltk2004 Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:12 AM

    They can fast unto death. That way they can carry out the death sentence by themselves.

    RD Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:47 AM

    I'm not sure its the right time to judge 'Criminals' but, this goes to prove that They prefer to die than to stay in prison. Hence; execution of death sentance is NOT a punishment and keeping them prisoners rest of their lives is a better punishment.


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