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Prisons Commissioner Rohana Pushpakumara said yesterday the Prisons Department was refurbishing the gallows at the Welikada Prison to be prepared in case the death penalty was reactivated on the orders of President Maithripala Sirisena.

“The death penalty was last carried out on June 23, 1976 as such it needs to be repaired and functional. We hope to have it ready by November,” he said.

Mr. Pushpakumara said several candidates for the post of hangman had sent in their applications and two suitable hangmen would be recruited and trained after they are interviewed in October.

Sri Lanka has 31 prisons but the gallows are only at the Welikada prison.

The Prisons Department said 1,115 convicts had been sentenced to death while 600 of them had appealed against their sentence.

Only gallows are used in Sri Lanka while other countries use the electric chair or the lethal injection to carry out the death penalty.(Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 15

  • harsh Wednesday, 23 September 2015 04:13 PM

    Are they going to hang people who killed prison inmates in 2012.

    Dutchy Wednesday, 23 September 2015 09:57 AM

    We kill people who kill people, because killing people is wrong.

    ANTON Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:00 AM


    Asoka Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:01 AM

    It will never happen...Our parliament will never approve this...this is Buddhist country with corrupted Buddhist priests and politicians...

    Hman Wednesday, 23 September 2015 04:19 PM

    We should NOT kill people by hanging. We all human. We should forgive thoes who do crimes and try to build a good sociaity

    Citizen Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:07 AM


    podimali Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:49 AM

    No we send a message to the criminals, that if they kill some one what will happen.

    ANTON Wednesday, 23 September 2015 05:06 PM


    Jude Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:23 AM

    Well, I would suggest keeping the convicts in jail for life without parole will be much better sentence rather than putting in gallows. Remember, SL prison is no walk-in the park!!!!!This way convicts will get proper penalty for the crime they commit!!!!

    Hangmen Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:29 AM

    Since they will be on Line to be Hanged by the Hangmen

    Seeya Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:13 PM

    If they re-introduce The Death Penalty most of our politicians would end up on Death Row. So, it is highly unlikely that it would be passed through Parliament!

    Deavapriya Wednesday, 23 September 2015 01:56 PM

    Talking Bullshit. There are few countries still carry out death penalty by Hanging

    Cheers Wednesday, 23 September 2015 02:01 PM

    Great first bunch will be all current UNP politicians and maithree

    kautilya Wednesday, 23 September 2015 09:26 PM

    Please reject this Capital Punishment. Police and witnesses are not 100% honest. Also we are a Buddhist Nation...Ahimsa. Statistics show that C.P. does not reduce murders.

    Riz Wednesday, 23 September 2015 09:48 PM

    if somebody kills ur child or relatives ur view will be different, talk with sense man

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