BASL condemns proposed resumption of judicial executions

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday strongly criticized the government decision to resume judicial executions.

BASL President U.R. de Silva, PC, told The Island that the government could never successfully eradicate narcotics trade by executing those running it. U.R. de Silva was responding to President Maithripala Sirisena’s declaration and the cabinet decision to hang those found guilty of running drug operations from prisons.

The President’s Counsel emphasized that the government should be able to take effective measures to prevent those incarcerated in high security prisons from contacting their men outside.

De Silva also pointed out that successive governments promised to resume judicial executions from time to time though such assurances never materialized (SF)

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