Capital punishment: We support President’s decision

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Untitled-2By Yohan Perera 

 
While welcoming President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to execute drug dealers who have been sentenced to death, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith yesterday said there is more to be done to stop the criminals organizing crimes while being in the prison in addition to subjecting them to capital punishment.  
 
 “We will support President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to subject those who organize crime while being in the prison to death sentence but we also feel that there is more to be done,” Cardinal Ranjith told a media briefing last evening.   


“We understand that even prison officers also support the criminals to organize crime while in prison and therefore it is our belief that political leadership of the country should carry out investigations and penalize the prison officers as well if they are found helping the inmates to carry out various crimes,” he added.   


He said the Christian belief is that human lives are valuable but a question arises as to whether those who put others into difficulty while paying for their crimes in prisons should be spared.   


Also, he said facilities in prisons should be enhanced as inmates tends to commit more crime when they are not given enough facilities.   


Cardinal Ranjith also said all religious leaders should put in a collective effort to put those who are engaged in crimes on the right track.   


Referring to the statements that the country needs a strong leader, the Catholic prelate said Sri Lanka does not need a Hitler.   


“If one studies about history, he or she should not do what Hitler did. He introduced laws to harass people. He killed millions of Jews and finally ended up triggering a war involving almost whole of Europe and USA. Therefore, Sri Lanka does not need such a leader,” he said.   

 

  “We will support President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to subject those who organize crime while being in the prison to death sentence but we also feel that there is more to be done,” Cardinal Ranjith told a media briefing last evening.   


“We understand that even prison officers also support the criminals to organize crime while in prison and therefore it is our belief that political leadership of the country should carry out investigations and penalize the prison officers as well if they are found helping the inmates to carry out various crimes,” he added.   


He said the Christian belief is that human lives are valuable but a question arises as to whether those who put others into difficulty while paying for their crimes in prisons should be spared.   


Referring to the statements that the country needs a strong leader, the Catholic prelate said Sri Lanka does not need a Hitler.   


“If one studies about history, he or she should not do what Hitler did. He introduced laws to harass people. He killed millions of Jews and finally ended up triggering a war involving almost whole of Europe and USA. Therefore, Sri Lanka does not need such a leader,” he said.   

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