death penalty Won’t retract decision

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A committee to be appointed after Tuesday

LATE-CITY-DM-1-5By K. G. Karunaratne – Polonnaruwa

President Maithripala Sirisena assured that he would not change the decision taken by the Government to implement the death penalty for drug traffickers under any circumstances despite objections raised by some factions.


He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony held in Polonnaruwa to commence the construction work of the National Nephrology Hospital on Saturday.

Referring to a newspaper report that the Government had changed the decision, the President stated that the Government had not reversed the decision and would take the necessary steps to carry out capital punishment against drug smugglers.

The President said he would summon the heads of the spheres of Judiciary, Prisons and Law and Order next Tuesday to appoint a committee in this regard.

“This committee, which will consist of representatives of all the relevant fields, would make decisions about the convicted persons, who should be executed,” he said.


Committee will consist of representatives of all the relevant fields, would make decisions on executions… 

The construction work of the National Nephrology Hospital in Polonnaruwa, which is a gift from China, was commenced on Saturday, July 21 under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
This new hospital is being built as the largest kidney hospital in South Asia, at a cost of Rs.1.2 billion, fulfilling a long-term aspiration of the President to provide services for kidney patients.

The hospital would be a great asset and a gift to the people of Sri Lanka, not only for the people living in the North Central Province but also in other areas. The hospital project includes state-of-the-art equipment and all necessary facilities for kidney patients, he said.

The hospital consists of a 200-bed ward complex, OPD with 100 dialysis machines and six modern operating theatres.

A 200-seated auditorium and a car park with 300 parking slots and residential facilities for hospital staff will also be included in this hospital.

The project is expected to be completed within 24 months and accordingly, in July 2020 the hospital will be ready.