Death penalty

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Should be imposed: Nagananda Kodituwakku

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Sri Lanka should impose death penalty on drug traffickers without the interference of the executive, Attorney Nagananda Kodituwakku told Daily Mirror.  


“It is only through a court procedure that capital punishment should be imposed. Even the Customs Ordinance states death penalty should be imposed on whoever is involved in large-scale drug trafficking. The consent of the executive is not required here. In the past, we have witnessed instances where the executive unduly interferes into these affairs. In fact, a majority of prisoners serve their sentences due to drug trafficking. Also, death penalty should be imposed on anyone convicted under the Penal Code,” he said.  

 

 

 


Grave violation of human rights: Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa

 

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By Sheain Fernandopulle   

Imposing death penalty on anyone is a grave violation of human rights, said Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa, former Human Rights Commissioner and senior lecturer at the Colombo University Law Faculty.  
The Cabinet of ministers had on Tuesday discussed imposing death penalty on drug traffickers including prisoners who were already sentenced to death.


Speaking to Daily Mirror, Dr. Mahanamahewa said during the tenure of the late President J.R. Jayewardene, Sri Lanka had signed and ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, through which ‘right to life’ was recognised and protected. 


“Although we signed the multilateral treaty, we have not ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the covenant which envisages the abolition of death penalty. Therefore, the government can impose capital punishment though it is a grave violation of the ‘right to life.’ We have also pledged to the United Nations not to impose death penalty on anyone due to ethical and moral concerns. The last Sri Lankan on death penalty was executed in 1976. Moreover, death penalty will be imposed on some 1,090 prisoners if this decision comes to effect. However, it is important to ascertain from where these drugs are smuggled in, than to impose capital punishment on people. There are top officials involved in large-scale drug trafficking,” he said.   

 

Although we signed the multilateral treaty, we have not ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the covenant which envisages the abolition of death penalty