Death penalty; Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith clarifies

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 Untitled-7The Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith yesterday clarifying his statement on the Government moves to implement the death penalty, said that what he meant was that the State should not bring back the death sentence, but that criminal minds that sought to destroy social peace and harm hundreds should not go unpunished.

 “The criminal minds that sought to destroy social peace and harm hundreds of others, putting into ridicule law and order, and challenging humanity, to stop them if possible and that they should not go unpunished for their criminal behaviour, even after being condemned.

“Our youth are too precious to be sacrificed on the altar of philosophical sophistry and arguments. It would be like Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned,” Cardinal Ranjith said in a statement.

The clarification as follows:

“…Neither have I advocated a re-introduction of the death penalty carte blanche as people seem to have understood nor have I desired to close my eyes and do nothing before this terrible phenomenon our country is faced with at present which causes death and violence in the streets and the destruction of the cream of our youth who become drug addicts at an age as early as their adolescence being exposed to drugs even in their schools.


Death penalty a red herring: JO

LATE-CITY-DM-1-5By Lahiru Pothmulla

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said the Government would never implement the death penalty and that the topic had been introduced to divert the attention of the public from pressing issues.

JO MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane said the Government had no strength to implement the death penalty.

“This Government waver to the demands of the international forces. It would never implement the capital punishment. This is yet another topic put forward by the Government to hide pressing issues- such as the Central Bank Bond Scam -under the carpet,” he said.

He said drug smuggling in the country was being done with State patronage in some instances, as heroin had been found concealed in bags which bear the name Sathosa.

“Killing drug smugglers, who are convicted is not the answer. This is an extensive network, which involves Government bigwigs.