Sri Lanka’s UNP against death penalty: Prime Minister

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s United National Party is against carrying out the death penalty, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, as President Maithripala Sirisena has said he had signed four death warrants on convicted drugs offenders.

Taking life is against the policies of the United National party and he is unable to support the move, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe was quoted as saying at a speech on June 30.

The opposition group led by ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the Tamil National Alliance was also against it, he had said.

"I hope to discuss this with the cabinet, the President and Speaker," Wickremesinge had said speaking in Moneragala while opening a water supply scheme.

President Sirisena said drugs and illegal alcohol (kasippu) was destroying society and he wanted to stop it.

He had previously spoken favourably Philippines President Duterte’s extra judicial killings of both drug addicts and

Sri Lanka had faced a barrage of criticism from countries that no longer follows the death penalty. (Colombo/June30/2019)

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