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Sri Lanka to resume executions within two months: President

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's President stated Wednesday that a 42-year moratorium on capital punishment will end inside two months with the placing of drug convicts. Maithripala Sirisena told parliament he was once committed to bringing back the loss of life penalty for drug offenders, months after vowing a more difficult line on spiralling narcotics-related crime inspired by a similar crackdown in the Philippines.

"I hope to carry out the first hanging within a month or two," he stated. "I appeal to human rights organisations not to try to pressure us on this decision."

Criminals in Sri Lanka are often given loss of life sentences for homicide, rape and drug-related crimes but until now their punishments had been commuted to lifestyles prison.

Following a consult with to the Philippines closing month, Sirisena stated he wanted to copy President Rodrigo Duterte's strongarm ways in dealing with unlawful medicine.

Justice minister Thalatha Athukorale stated Tuesday that administrative procedures for the execution of five drug convicts were completed and Sirisena now only had to signal loss of life warrants.

The president didn't say what number of would be concerned in the first hangings.

But prison officers stated Tuesday that government had been still looking to fill a vacancy for an hangman, in spite of striking ads for the position closing yr providing a salary of 35,000 rupees ($200) a month.

While Sri Lanka's closing execution was once greater than four a long time ago, an executioner was once in post until his retirement in 2014. Three replacements since have hand over after short stints at the unused gallows.

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