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Majority of people support death sentence

The majority of the people in the country agree with President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to implement the death sentence, UPFA MP Mahinda Amaraweera claimed.

Addressing a press conference at the SLFP Headquarters in Colombo yesterday, Amaraweera together with UPFA MPs Weerakumara Dissanayake and Shantha Bandara strongly defended the President’s stance to implement the death sentence on convicted drug traffickers. Amaraweera rejected the opinions that carrying out executions would lead to international pressure and deprivation of GSP plus facility.

“I do not think the President’s decision will have any adverse impact on the country. The death penalty is operational in 53 countries including India, China and Japan.Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had to kill 28,000 persons for the purpose of controlling the drug menace. We feel that the majority of people are in agreement with the President’s decision, despite some having spoken against it. The President stands by his decision,” he said.

Asked by a journalist as to whether capital punishment would be imposed against the murderers of Seya Sadewmi and Vithya Sivaloganathan, Amaraweera said the President would consider that too if there is a strong public opinion in favour.

“These murderers too were drug addicts. The President’s endeavour is to control the drug menace,” he responded.UPFA MP Shantha Bandara further bolstering the President’s stance, said the death sentences on these convicts had been given by the court itself, and it was not a contravention of the ICCPR as some claimed.

“It is the President’s prerogative to implement the death sentence. The JVP and UNP, which had engaged in mass killing during the 1988-89 period now speak of human rights. This is a joke. They simply object to all the decisions taken by the President,” he commented.

UPFA MP Weerakumara Dissanayake criticizing the Human Rights activists, who speak against the death penalty, said they were speaking for NGO money.


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