Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka's hangman gets distressed after seeing gallows and quit
Tue, Mar 11, 2014, 09:33 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's efforts to shorten the waiting time for death row prisoners got disrupted after the hangman selected for the job got distressed on seeing the gallows for the first time and quit.

After searching for a executioner for three years, Sri Lanka's Prison Department has appointed the latest hangman last week.

He was given one week training on the job but after seeing the gallows for the first time, he got distressed and resigned from the post, the Commissioner General of Prisons Chandrarathna Pallegama, told Reuters.

The Prison Department began conducting interviews in August 2012 to select a hangman and an assistant among 178 eligible candidates who applied for the post.

The Department recruited two executioners, elected from 145 short-listed candidates, and gave them a 14-day special training last year. However, the two recruits failed to show up for work and the Department recruited the third in the list of qualified candidates last week.

The Prisons Commissioner told Reuters that next time they will show the gallows to the new recruits before giving them basic training.

Sri Lanka judiciary imposes capital punishment but the death penalty has not been implemented since 1976.

The government reinstated the death penalty in 2004 for murder, rape and drug trafficking following the murder of a high court judge.

There are over 1,200 death row inmates currently languishing in jails waiting for execution or a final decision for commutation for execution. Some prisoners on death row at the moment have served over 15 years while waiting for their sentences to be carried out.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
One Health International Conference at Sri Lanka's Peradeniya University
-- [10 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka Navy arrests nine Indian fishermen
-- [46 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka's first ever International Film Festival begins today in Colombo
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Freedom Party 63rd anniversary celebrations in Badulla today
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's Laugfs Gas ventures into international shipping and maritime services
Sri Lanka hopes for better relations with new UNHRC Chief
Bank of Ceylon extends anti-money laundering contract with Callcredit Group
The best we can give our children is education - Sri Lankan President
Sri Lankan court allows deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers
Sri Lanka state hospitals back to normal as the supplementary staff ends the strike

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.