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Ministry issues timeline on death penalty convicts

23 January 2019 09:29 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


In response to President Maithripala Sirisena’s recent comments that the files of convicted drug dealers have been withheld or disappeared from prisons, sabotaging his decision to activate death penalty on them, the Justice and Prison Reforms Ministry today issued a time line on the process it adopted to implement the death penalty on death row prisoners on drug related crimes.

The Ministry said a list of convicts on death row was requested on July, 12, 2018 after President Sirisena declared that he had decided to activate death penalty on drug convicts. On July 13, a list of 13 who were on death row was sent to the Justice and Prison Reforms Ministry.

On July 25, cabinet approved a proposal to put convicted drug dealers who are on the death row to death if they continue to do the crime and on July 4, the list of death row inmates was sent to the Attorney General.

On October 2, two out of 18 were confirmed for immediate implementation of death on October 3, the list of death row prisoners recommended for immediate implementation of death was sent by the Ministry to Additional Secretary Ms. Jayawickrama of the Presidential Secretariat.

Another name of a death row prisoner was confirmed for death on October 13. A discussion was held by President Sirisena with officials of the Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms on the death row prisoners list.

The Justice Ministry has sent another list of 48 death row prisoners who have been convicted on drug related crimes to Presidential Secretariat on December 31 while 30 out of them have filed appeals against the convictions.

Justice and Prison Reforms Minister Talatha Atukorake explained the action take by the Ministry to carry out death penalty on convicts of drug related crimes who are on death row to the cabinet on last Tuesday. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)


  Comments - 9

  • Mahila Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:07 PM

    Who is hiding the files or loosing them

    Maru Thursday, 24 January 2019 01:36 AM

    Well carry out the death penalty!

    sHeHaN Thursday, 24 January 2019 01:53 AM

    The only practical way drug dealers could face death is through the bullets of STF.

    Sunil Thursday, 24 January 2019 05:49 AM

    Forget the timeline. This is just another eye-wash. No one will be sent to the gallows.

    Kulanana Thursday, 24 January 2019 06:54 AM

    What ever happens Duminda Silva will jump out of the list

    Sambo Thursday, 24 January 2019 07:38 AM

    This is all talk and nothing will take place. Not one will be executed. This is all political talk for the coming presidential election.

    Doug Thursday, 24 January 2019 09:34 AM

    This is a bet to dear president, if you are able to hang even one convict during your time in office, i will wear ladies clothes on that day.

    Pronto. Thursday, 24 January 2019 09:42 AM

    I don't think His Excellency will ever sign

    Abu Umar Friday, 25 January 2019 08:31 AM

    Only the sprats will be sent to the gallows. The sharks will escape.

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