Colombo, July 16 (BAN/ AD): President Sirisena has claimed that the deadly Easter Sunday bombings were planned by International drug mafia despite earlier blaming the attacks on Islamists. This statement has come amidst criticism for President Decision for reintroducing capital punishment for drug offences.
National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) has been blamed by authorities for Easter Sunday bombings which killed 258 people.
President said “were the work of international drug dealers”. He added “Drug barons carried out this attack to discredit me and discourage my anti-narcotics drive. I will not be deterred.”
Sri Lankan courts routinely hand down death sentences to drug offenders, murderers and rapists but it is automatically commuted a term of life imprisonment. The president has marshalled public support for an end to the moratorium, saying that hangings would deter the illegal drugs trade.
In a statement President said “If the government brings legislation to abolish capital punishment, I will declare a day of national mourning.”