Sri Lankan president orders 4 executions, lifting 42-year moratorium

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Sri Lankan president orders 4 executions, lifting 42-year moratorium

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena affirmed the executions of four medication guilty parties Wednesday, putting a conclusion to the nation's ban on capital punishment since 1976. 

The move is a piece of Sirisena's push to reproduce what he said was the accomplishment of the Philippines' war on medications. He said the nation is home to 300,000 addicts and 60 percent of all detainees were detained because of medication offenses. 

"I have officially marked capital punishment for four [convicts]. It will be executed soon and we have officially chosen the date too," he said. 

In spite of the fact that Sri Lanka put a limit on executions 42 years prior, somewhere in the range of 1,299 individuals sit waiting for capital punishment, including 48 sentenced for medication violations. 


After Sirisena first reported his goal to lift the ban in July, the administration started searching for a killer. One has not yet been selected. 

Reprieve International Secretary-General Kumi Naidoo approached Sirisena not to do the executions. 

"I connect with you to argue for the lives of individuals who may before long be executed in Sri Lanka on the off chance that you resuscitate capital punishment," Naidoo said.