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* Committee reviews Sri Lanka's Penal Code regarding death penalty
Fri, Dec 27, 2013, 09:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 27, Colombo: A committee appointed by the Justice Ministry of Sri Lanka is currently reviewing the country's Penal Code to make recommendations regarding the death penalty.

The Justice Ministry in October appointed a special committee headed by retired Justice Prof. P. Edirisooriya to review the Penal Code to look at commuting the death penalty into life imprisonment.

Justice Ministry Secretary Kamalini de Silva told the media that the 10-member committee, which is still at its preliminary stage, is reviewing the case records of the condemned prisoners with a view to rehabilitate the prisoners on death row.

She however, added that a definite time period cannot be given as to when the committee will make its recommendations and submit the report to the Justice Ministry.

Although Sri Lankan courts give death penalty in serious crimes such as murder, rape and drug trafficking, no executions have been carried out since 1976.

However, since 2000 there are over 1,200 death row inmates languishing in jails waiting for execution or a final decision for commutation for execution.

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