Inspired by PH's "drug war success", Sri Lanka to hang drug criminals - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Inspired by PH's "drug war success", Sri Lanka to hang drug criminals

President Rodrigo Duterte and Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, photo compiled from Inquirer and Colombo Gazette
After a near-half century moratorium on capital punishment for drug offenders, Sri Lankan officials said that they would start hanging offenders, after a promise to "replicate the success" of the Philippine drug war.

The government has drawn inspiration from the Philippines, where a no-holds barred war on drugs has been a centrepiece of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration.

President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday, told his Cabinet that he "was ready to sign the death warrants" of repeat drug offenders, adding that they will hang drug offenders "without commuting their death sentences."
Photo credit: The Straits Times
Sri Lanka has commuted death sentences for serious crimes to life in prison since 1976, when the last execution took place.

Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said there were 19 drug offenders whose death sentences had been commuted to life, and it remains unclear if they would be hanged under the new policy.

"We were told that the Philippines has been successful in deploying the army and dealing with this problem. We will try to replicate their success,"  Senaratne said.