Thursday, 16th September 2021

1st death sentence executions after 1976

British Asia News Network- AD

Colombo: President has said convicts who have been sentenced capital punishment for drug crimes but were not hanged because of a 43-year freeze on capital punishment will soon have the sentences carried out.

The government’s official web site says in a statement that President Maithripala Sirisena will order the executions soon but did not say how the prisoners would be executed.

Sri Lanka last executed a prisoner in 1976. The island nation has 1,299 people in waiting to be hanged and 48 of them have been convicted of drug offenses.

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