Jul 25, 2018

Committee on death penalty, meets

The committee appointed by the President to look into recommendations to implement death penalty for those drug smuggling convicts still continuing these illicit activities from prison, had met for the first time yesterday (24).

The committee comprising several representatives of the legal and prison departments, had met at the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Justice and Prisons Minister Thalatha Athukorale.

The President had instructed the committee to look into the legal provisions for the implementation of the death sentence for those who are convicted of drug smuggling activities but still engage in these legal activities despite being behind bars.

President Sirisena had notified the committee to look into these matters at the earliest and take necessary measures to implement the death sentence against these perpetrators.