July 01, Colombo: Amid the international condemnation as well as local legal challenge against his unilateral decision to execute four death row prisoners after a 43-year moratorium on death penalty, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today charged that drug traffickers are behind the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on the island nation's churches and hotels.
Addressing the concluding event of the National Drug Prevention Week at Sugathadasa Stadium today, President Maithripala Sirisena said he believes international drug dealers are behind the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday.
The President said those who oppose the death penalty for drug traffickers now did not do anything to control the drug menace.
The President noted that from 2015 to 2019, over 24,818 kilos of various drugs were seized and during that time there were many arrests and rehabilitation services for drug-related offenses.
Addressing the gathering, President Sirisena said that more than fifty thousand people are imprisoned each year for drug offenses and most of them are women. The President also noted that the value of the stock of narcotics circulating in the country each year is over Rs. 50 billion.
In this backdrop, school children and university students in the country are becoming victims of drug traffickers.
In parallel to the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observances on 26 June, a week-long drug prevention campaign was launched island wide targeting school children, students in universities and vocational training centers and the general public.