Sri Lankan President confirms death penalty to drug offenders

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he has already decided on a period of time to execute capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers who carry out large scale drug smuggling operations while in detention. He was speaking at a mass protest against drugs organised by religious leaders led by Colombo Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith at the Vystwyke Park in Kotahena.

He noted that the government managed to carry out several programmes to eradicate drugs, unlike any other governments. He noted that previous governments’ lack of involvement in drug eradication had left the society deteriorated. He added that three months since his acquisition of the police the enthusiasm of the STF, Police and Narcotic Bureau had escalated.