Death penalty for rape and murder

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By Sandun A Jayasekera

The government would consider activating death sentence on convicts of extremely cruel and heinous crimes like rape and murder, after implementing death penalty on drug traffickers, Cabinet Spokesman, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday.  


He added that the death sentence on drug traffickers will be carried out in a few weeks after identifying drug convicts on the death row who continue to control the drug market, import and traffic them while in prison.  


President Maithripala Sirisena is determined to put an end to drug trafficking in the country before it goes out of hand. That is why he himself presented the Cabinet paper on Tuesday seeking approval of the Cabinet to activate death sentence to drug traffickers. He will definitely sign the death warrant as the Head of State when the relevant authorities with related legal provisions submitted to him on a report seeking to carry out the capital punishment on those who engage in drug trafficking and monitor and control the drug business,” Minister Senaratne said.  


Minister Senaratne pointed out that 19 big time drug traffickers have been convicted and on death row and nearly ten of them have been engaged in drug trafficking at least twice while in jail. They will be put to death at first after a report is called from the jail authorities, he added.   

 

 He will definitely sign the death warrant as the Head of State when the relevant authorities with related legal provisions submitted to him on a report seeking to carry out the capital punishment on those who engage in drug trafficking and monitor and control the drug business


Untitled-5“The rapidly spreading drug menace is a main social as well as economic issue that is faced by Sri Lanka at present. The assistance of the Special Task Force of Sri Lanka Police and the Tri forces are obtained by the Narcotic Bureau of the Sri Lanka Police and regional police to further expand their service through avoiding this harmful effect which spread among elders and youth community as well,” President Sirisena told the Cabinet in his memo.   
The question and answer session between Minister Senarathe and journalists at this stage continues as follows. 


Daily mirror: Does not the government intend to activate death penalty on those who commit heinous crimes like rape and murder?  


Minister Senaratne: Yes, indeed. Let’s put those drug traffickers who continue in drug trade into death first. However, I must note that I am against the death penalty as a policy. The Philippines President Duterte has begun an all out war against drug traffickers in that country but Sri Lanka cannot apply summery justice on them like in Philippines. Former President in Brazil, Lula da Silva tried hard to put an end to drug menace in Brazil but failed. But both of them did not take the normal course of action but sought the help of the law of the land to control drug trafficking like in Sri Lanka.  


Daily mirror: Whose proposal is this?  


Minister Senaratne: It was President Maithripala Sirisena who made the proposal to the Cabinet. He is thoroughly shaken on the discovery of a stock of 103 kilogram of heroin worth Rs. 1,248 million on Saturday.