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Implementing death penalty - Prez tells UN Chief why he decided to do so

28 June 2019 02:00 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Maithripala Sirisena said today he had spoken to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres over the phone and explained his decision to implement the death penalty in Sri Lanka.

He said this at an event held at the Lankapura Maha Vidyalaya in Polonnaruwa today.

President said on June 26 he signed the documents for the execution of four big-time drug offenders currently in death row.

He said the death penalty should be implemented to protect the nation and future generations.

“The life of schoolchildren, university students and the youth are at risk because of the proliferation of drug trafficking. If we are to protect them, the death penalty should be carried out against drug traffickers,” the President said. “I consider those opposed to this move as people who are aiding and abetting the drug traffickers.”

  Comments - 10

  • Dilshan Friday, 28 June 2019 03:18 PM

    Does USA have to justify its actions to the UN? Unlikely, given the money they donate to UN!

    tim Friday, 28 June 2019 03:22 PM

    As if UN Chief has no other work than listening to this Angoda Lokkas utterance.

    shanthi Friday, 28 June 2019 03:31 PM

    It is a must president sir , due to so many reasons happening now , to have a discipline decent srilanka you have implemented .

    pradeep soc Friday, 28 June 2019 03:33 PM

    when US and singapore have dealth penalties which are not challenged by none. why is it that ours is challenged by many. This is a great thing if implemented that would benefit the present and future generations , even if it means for us to loose the GSP

    Chux Friday, 28 June 2019 03:53 PM

    Who trust him????

    Neville Friday, 28 June 2019 03:54 PM

    Did he also explain why he pardoned that bribe-taker from Warakapola ?

    Potta Harry Friday, 28 June 2019 03:54 PM

    UN Chief not dettered any word and only listened to what MS has told over the phone. Report further said.

    Nimal U Friday, 28 June 2019 04:05 PM

    Sirisena must have told that it is not human beings he is going to hang!

    Aney Yako Friday, 28 June 2019 09:13 PM

    The life of schoolchildren, university students and the youth are at risk because you failed to protect them against a terrorist attack in April so should you receive the death penalty as well?

    VJ Friday, 28 June 2019 10:22 PM

    Did he explain his point to the UNSG in English?

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