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Lanka govt approves capital punishment for drug offences

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

The has unanimously approved a move to bring back for drug-related crimes, a senior said today.

Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, of the Buddhist Order said that had recently stated that he was under pressure to re-introduce as a deterrent to serious crimes.

The Cabinet in unison agreed to it. We cannot allow inmates in prison to destroy the country by directing crimes," Perera said, adding convicts carry out drug trade while still in prison.

Although is in the statute, had stopped hangings since 1976. Death row prisoners spend life terms in jail.

Executions have not been carried out as successive presidents in office since 1978 have refused to issue death warrants.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 01:05 IST