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Sri Lanka has decided to temporary halt the enforcement of death sentence following a request made by the UN from all its member states and to be in line with the current global trends, Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa informed Parliament yesterday.

This statement comes despite several reports that death sentence will be enforced in the country shortly.

Speaking during an adjournment motion in the House on the issue of imposing death sentence on those who are found guilty of molestation and killing of children, Mr. Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka had decided not to implement the death sentence in line with the UN request and the global trends under which nearly 102 counties deciding to do away with it.

He said around 102 countries including India have done away with the death sentence while China had decided to change its laws under which it had reduced the number of offences under which the accused could be subjected to death sentence. Also he said Minister of Foreign affairs Mangala Samarawera had informed UNHRC in Geneva that Sri Lanka will not enforce death sentence immediately.

Further he said even Pope Francis had recently urged all nations in the world to do away with the death sentence.

Accepting that there are issues pertaining to justice in Sri Lanka, the minister said it is a matter which Parliament should discuss diligently and in length. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Labby Wednesday, 07 October 2015 09:53 AM

    Well said.

    clueless Wednesday, 07 October 2015 04:00 PM

    War crimes and death penulty does not go hand in hand. Tell the prison boss not to waste public funds in getting ready.

    aja Wednesday, 07 October 2015 04:04 PM

    Dancing to the tune of UN jazz

    arosha Wednesday, 07 October 2015 04:27 PM

    It had to take the UN for this government to realise that the death penalty was a dumb idea.

    arosha Wednesday, 07 October 2015 04:29 PM

    Especially since evidence can only be gathered by beating a suspect up

    aja Wednesday, 07 October 2015 04:36 PM

    Well said What .. Are you talking on Behalf of the UN or the Kids that were raped and killed .. are you parent do not think so ..

    Kalinga Wednesday, 07 October 2015 05:01 PM

    Some politicians will do any crime including murder for personal gain. When it comes to enforcing the law, they become very pious.

    lionheart Wednesday, 07 October 2015 05:16 PM

    The great saviour of Avant Garde - Wijedasa Rajapakse.....to the rescue to save the culprits again....

    Sylvia Haik Wednesday, 07 October 2015 07:19 PM

    Thank God. Common sense prevails,as always.

    Azmath Buhar Wednesday, 07 October 2015 07:20 PM

    This will welcome peoples take the law in their hand... let it be...

    maj Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:14 PM

    Death sentence is not the answer for any crime, it shows only the failure of the leaders and their fellow citizens of a country. Please no death sentence in our country.

    raj Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:22 PM

    Sri Lanka has had executed many extrajudicial in the past under former government. All those missing might have been murdered.

    xlntgson Thursday, 08 October 2015 05:46 AM

    Unjustice minister!

    Dale Thursday, 08 October 2015 06:54 PM

    Time for a DareDevil


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