Sri Lanka President Confirms Death Penalty For Drug Convicts
Sri Lanka President | Image Courtesy BBC

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had declared war on drug traffickers in the country, as he insisted on imposing a death penalty on convicted drug traffickers within the next two months.

The President addressing the local media vowed to free the country from the drug menace by 2020.

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Sirisena informed the parliament on Wednesday that he was determined to impose capital punishment by hanging the convicted drug criminals as part of his anti-narcotics drive.

Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale informed the parliament on Tuesday that her ministry had complied with the president’s request to restart capital punishment.

Atukorale added that five names of drug convicts had been sent to the president between Oct. 12 and the end of January.

However, Sirisena was yet to sign the warrants and fix the execution dates.

Although capital punishment is a legal penalty in Sri Lanka, there have been no executions carried out since 1976.