July 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prison Department has called for applications again for the post of executioner after the cabinet has given the nod to execute the death penalty for convicted drug dealers already in the death row.
Prison Media Spokeswoman Thushara Upuldeniya said that there are two vacancies for the executioner post.
He said the equipment and the noose used in the execution of the death row convicts have already been imported and is now in possession of the Department of Prisons.
After searching for an executioner for three years, Sri Lanka's Prison Department appointed a hangman in 2014. But in the first week on the job the distressed hangman quit the job. Since then the post remains vacant.
There are 13 death row inmates convicted for drug trafficking in Sri Lanka prisons and one woman is among them.
Sri Lanka judiciary imposes capital punishment but the death penalty has not been implemented since 1976.
However, amid the rising drug related crimes organized by the convicted drug dealers from the prisons, President Maithripala Sirisena said he would sign required orders to execute capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers who carry out large scale drug smuggling operations while in detention.