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Day of mourning if Bill against death penalty presented – Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena says that if a Bill to abolish the death penalty is presented in the parliament, he would declare that day as a national day of mourning.

Addressing an event held in Walawa yesterday (14 July) to grant land ownership rights to Mahaweli settlers, the President said that only drug dealers and criminals will flourish in the attempt to abolish the death penalty.

Sirisena also said that a country can be disciplined by carrying out the death penalty and pointed out that even U.S President Donald Trump stressed the need of carrying out the death penalty to prevent drug trafficking in America.

Commenting further, the President said that certain NGOs are attempting to stop the implementation of the death penalty and urged the public to rise with a collective voice against them.

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