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* Sri Lanka President considers enforcing death penalty for heinous crimes
Fri, Sep 18, 2015, 07:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says he would open a dialogue in the parliament on enforcing the capital punishment for the convicts of heinous crimes.

Although the President has powers to take a direct decision in that regard, he said he expects to inquire about the compliance of everybody in the Parliament as the country respects democracy.

The President made these remarks, participating at the ceremony of the second phase of the national program on drug prevention held at the Town Hall Playground in Galle Friday.

Following the recent abduction, sexual assault and murder of a five-year old Seya Sadewmi Sri Lankans have demanded the death penalty for the culprits.

While the courts sentenced the convicts to death, Sri Lanka has not carried out any executions since 1976 and most of the death penalties are commuted to life sentences.

The President said, as a leader who respects the moral principles he would pay strict attention to the demands of the people to enforce the capital punishment for the convicts of the brutal assassination of Seya Sadewmi and other child rape victims.

He emphasized that new laws and regulations should be enforced over the rape cases, child abuse, robberies, murders and every heinous crime occurred in the country today.


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