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Wide consensus in favour of death penalty

Following lengthy debate and lobbying of ideas, the public, Cabinet and Members of Parliament have reached a common belief that the death penalty should be implemented for child molesters and drug lords, Cabinet Spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

According to Minister Rambukwella the death penalty has been in existence in Sri Lanka for a long time but the Executive had not signed the death warrant since 1977.

Now interviews are going on to recruit hang men and the salaries of hangmen are being discussed.

Discussions are going on in the Cabinet for required amendments to the law if implementing the death penalty. Minister Rambukwerlla pointed out that there is a strong opinion in the country for the death penalty to be implemented against child molesters and drug lords.

But, there is no evidence anywhere in the world to suggest that the implementation of the death penalty reduce crimes.

If this is true, the US should be free of any type of crimes. "Politicians belonging to all parties are involved in child exploitation incidents and crimes but only the politicians who belong to the UPFA are being highlighted because they belong to the government.

"It is good that the entire country has come to a common opinion on implementing the death penalty," Minister Rambukwella added.

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