Posted on 02.16.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
The British government has asked once again to refrain from activating the death penalty process as declared by the President Maithripala Sirisena.
State Minister of Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field said, Sri Lanka has a clear understanding of the sentiments of Britain and European Union about the death penalty, therefore he hopes the death penalty will not be in operation in Lanka.
Lanka has voted for proposal for ‘Not executing capital punishment’ agreed by United Nations General Assembly.
However, President Rajapakse has stated that he is prepared to sign the death penalty for criminals of drug offences who have been sentenced to death. Later on, the President himself said that there was a question about the documents of those who were sentenced to death. However, the government is preparing to recruit for the Executioner post and to buy ropes for the gallows.
The death sentence imposed on Lanka was suspended in the late 1970s. At present, there are 374 prisoners who have been sentenced to death, the Prisons Department says.