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Bali Nine, Capital Punishment And Sri Lanka’s Policy Ambiguities

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

As Australia is stunned and saddened by Indonesia’s adamant decision to go ahead with the execution of two young Australian convicts of drug trafficking, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, without listening to many appeals, it is shocking to hear from the new Minister of Justice in Sri Lanka, Wijedasa Rajapakshe, whom I considered in high esteem as a rational person before, that Sri Lanka would reinstate capital punishment (if necessary) to curb crime in the country.

In the latter case, even I wondered whether there is anything intrinsically wrong with the name Rajapaksa!

Complications

The two parallels remind us how inhuman or cruel our public policies still are irrespective of the progress that we humans have achieved in science and technology. Of course drug trafficking, murder, rape and child abuse are all reprehensible and indications of the same ailments in society and in the systems of governance. It is also an established fact that most of those who indulge in crime and violence are those who are closer to or part of the power structures in society whether in developing or developed countries. Sri Lanka is a good example.

Wijedasa RThere is no denial that the questions of crime are complicated and endemic in countries like Indonesia or Sri Lanka compared to a country like Australia. The scales are different. Sri Lanka’s population is more or less the same as Australia’s for its smaller size and Indonesia’s is more than twelve times higher. However, that does not preclude us to device common policies on how to tackle crime or how to punish them. Our knowledge of ‘Homo sapiens’ and their natural conditions or why people are motivated for violence or crime are more or less the same, although that knowledge is not complete or perfect.

However, capital punishment is not a clear deterrent for crime or homicide. There are of course dangerous criminals who could be a further danger to the society. They should be kept in imprisonment. The life imprisonment is the best device that the world has invented in protecting society and punishing major crimes. What constitutes major crimes can also be in dispute. Be as it may, the capital punishment or killing for killing or for any other crime cannot be condoned.

Andrew and Myuran

I have been repeatedly seeing for the last couple of months or even before on Australian TV, the pictures of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who were pushed and jolted by the prison guards whenever they were being taken in or out of courts for their trials or appeals. These are shown by the journalists who of course want to create sympathy for their predicament as they are in line for execution. That is one advantage that we have today through media and the newest technology in knowing what is happening throughout the world in order that we can make up our concerned opinions or make our protests known.

No one says they are innocent and even they have not said so. The following is a statement or an apology made by Myuran on their predicament.

“I acknowledge more than anyone that I’ve made mistakes and that I’m not a perfect person, but I’ve learned a lot in prison and I am grateful to the Indonesian justice system and to the prison guards for allowing me to achieve all that I have for myself and for the other prisoners.”

“Fellow Bali 9 member Andrew Chan and I are not the same people we were 10 years ago, but who is really? We did commit a serious crime and deserve punishment, but we have also paid a great deal for our crimes, as have our families. Please allow us to stay in prison and live.”

The story unfolded ten years ago when a group of nine young Australians aged between 18 and 28 in April 2005 were arrested in Bali for planning to smuggle 8.3 kg of heroin worth around A$ 4 million from Indonesia to Australia. Hence it was called Bali Nine. After several rounds of trial, all others were sentenced for life imprisonment but all appeals and clemency pleas have gone unheard for Chan and Sukumaran for one reason or the other. They are supposed to be put on death by firing by the end of this month.

The crucial question however is whether their killing is really necessary? Can’t they have any mercy? Capital punishment on them is absolutely cruel and barbaric. They can really be rehabilitated.

Wijedasa Statement

It is in this context that Sri Lanka’s new Justice Minister’s statement in Kandy on 3rd February, at a press conference, is worrying who said that “the government would not hesitate to consider the implementation of the death penalty, if the crime rate keeps rising.” There is no doubt that the crime rate is rising. There is no doubt that the curtailment of the crime rate is also not easy. However, the solution is not capital punishment whether it is murder, rape drug trafficking or child abuse.

It is not that Sri Lanka is at present free from capital punishment and the right to life is absolutely respected according to the Universal Declaration or the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Sri Lanka is one country which has not implement the capital punishment since 1976. However, the number of people who are on the death row have been increasing as a reflection of the rising crime rate for other reasons. It is reported that there are over 900 convicts in prisons who are sentenced to death, and around 500 of them have appealed their cases. However, the other 400 are waiting until their sentences are (though capital punishment) commuted for life imprisonment or even without knowing their future fate at all. This is in itself is inhuman. As the local saying goes, ‘it is like killing without killing’ (nomera maranewa wage).

It is true that non implementation of the capital punishment or the abolition of the capital punishment in itself is not satisfactory. If necessary measures are not taken to prevent, control and reduce crime, then the crime rate would naturally increase. What is truer is that capital punishment is not a remedy for crime.

Some Remedies

What have been lacking since the non-implementation of the death penalty, or even otherwise, in Sri Lanka are the preventive measures such as the systematic policing, stronger civil-police relations and proper ‘human rights and civic education’ for both the police and the civilians, beginning with school children.

The prevention of crime should begin at the top level, to be an example for the ordinary people. When the leaders of the country at the highest body of the legislature or Parliament speak and behave like criminals, it would be difficult to prevent crime in the country. Many provincial council leaders or local government politicians are worse. Most despicable and harmful are the interference of politicians in police affairs and their protection of criminals on partisan basis, whether they are in the government side or the opposition.

The deterioration of rule of law has been a primary reason for the increase of crime rate. The rule of law should be implemented not only in civil affairs but also in commercial and business affairs. With the expansion of commercial activities, there has emerged quite a substantial sector of illicit trade and commercial activities to earn quick money with the patronage of politicians of all sides. Without stopping those activities and connected legal loopholes the rise of crime rate might not be curtailed.

Equally responsible is the deterioration of professional standards and independence of the judiciary. Without a strong, well trained and an impartial judiciary, crime cannot be curtailed in any country. The delay of court cases and lack of free or reasonable legal assistance have led to many miscarriages of justice. In such instances, people have taken justice into their own hands, becoming criminals or perpetrators themselves. Land disputes have led to many civilian conflicts and criminal actions.

If people are empowered of their due human rights, they themselves can become a deterrent to crime. They can resist and bring crime to the notice of the authorities speedily. Unfortunately, ordinary citizens are scared to assert this deterrent role because many politicians and police authorities are behind some of the criminals and criminal gangs. The role of the media is also important not for sensational reporting of crime stories for sale but to bring criminals and criminal networks to the notice of the authorities. But unfortunately this is not the case at present.

Erratic History

The recent history of the capital punishment has been quite erratic in Sri Lanka. Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike abolished the capital punishment in 1956 in good faith and then he was assassinated in 1959. That does not mean that he would have been saved if the capital punishment was not abolished. Thereafter his immediate successors reintroduced it retrospectively and the assassin was hanged for the crime.

Since June 1976 no one has been executed under the capital punishment, but there has been a spate of extrajudicial killings and assassinations for various political reasons and as a result of violent political upheavals. During 1990s, several times the then President Chandrika Kumaratunga wanted to implement the capital punishment again but both internal and external pressure prevented it. In 2004, even the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), the foremost lawyers association, wanted to implement the capital punishment without restrictions, after a High Court Judge was gunned down.

All these were instances of spontaneous or knee-jerk reactions without mindful of required policies and principles to address the issues of crime or punishment. If one traces the ancient history, there had been times that the country was free from capital punishment. Among the kings who abolished or suspended the death penalty was King Voharika Tissa of the Third Century who was reported to be a humanist. This shows that while there had been periods of cruel and inhuman punishments, as Robert Knox had recorded, there were also periods of enlightenment and sophistication. In the case of the latter, the principles undoubtedly were derived from Buddhist and Hindu humanitarianism. No one can perhaps go to the extent of King Siri Sangabodhi who even sacrificed his own head to save others. However, there is a need for humanism and human rights in criminal justice administration, particularly today, where there are highly developed international norms and principles that Sri Lanka should follow.

Conclusion

There are contradictions in the statements of the new government on the subject of capital punishment. Otherwise, Sri Lanka is one country which could easily abolish capital punishment as the sentences have never been implemented since 1976. It is only one step forward. Reportedly, the Prime Minister has given an assurance to the human rights community promising to accede to the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR. This optional protocol is not just another human rights declaration, but a binding agreement to abolish the capital punishment.

On the other hand, the statements made by the Minister of Justice that the government would not hesitate to implement the death penalty, if the crime rate keeps rising, is not only contradicts Prime Minister’s statements but also go against the expectations of the human rights community within and outside the country about the new administration.

The issue of capital punishment is not merely a Sri Lankan matter but an international one. The threatened lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesian jail show the barbarity and cruelty of the capital punishment. Although there haven’t been such dramatic cases in Sri Lanka like in Indonesia in the recent times, if capital punishment is implemented again, then nearly 400 people’s lives might be in danger whose sentences are not yet commuted. It is also possible that since the capital punishment has not been implemented for a long period, that the judges were quite liberal in ‘sentencing people to death’ instead of life imprisonment directly. If that is the case, there can be a major miscarriage of justice, if the ‘threat’ of the Minister of Justice materializes in implementing the capital punishment.

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    Thank you for your thoughtful piece on capital punishment.

    Research shows no connection between the death penalty and reduction in crime. The death penalty satisfies our primitive brain, seeking vengeance. Considering the many flaws in our legal system, where people in power openly claim that they can fix any courts, which they did; with death penalty introduced, many will find themselves facing the executioner.

    I was surprised that in SL it came from Wijedasa Rajapakshe.

    I wish Andrew and Myuran’s lives be spared.

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    Capital punishment is most barbaric and not conducive to Busshist teachings. Furthermore, it is not a deterrent as shown in the USA, crime had not decreased in the states where judicial executions are still carried on. Also, with the advent of DNA about 133 prisoners in USA who were on death row, were proved innocent in the last 10 years by the group Innocents, fighting miscarriages of justice cases. The figures may be small, but these lives are precious to those people and their families. Sri Lanka to her credit was one of the first nations to ban Capital Punishment and it should have remained because life imprisonment is a much formidable deterrent.

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      You are talking about a country where giving Capital punishments WITHOUT any judicial process is NOT uncommon, at least in last 30~40 years. We have heard and seen police and military become executioners and the judges on civilians so many times in the past and it will happen tomorrow too. I remember hearing stories like death of a suspect in police custody who jumped into a river to escape, and at the end of the story it says that suspect was handcuffed at that time, how cruel… Sri Lankans are usually not good swimmers even without handcuffs
      You have to be happy to see introduction of capital punishment after proper judicial process.. I wish this will reduce the culture of judging and executing of civilian suspects by SL police and military. ( like judging & execution of (in)famous 12 year Sri Lankan Prabakaran’s son or the young Tamil female TV telecaster)

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    Just because some killed another person, Do government have the right to kill the murder. This is against load Buddha teaching & Human right violation.
    As a Justice Minister he should be fair minded person.

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    Thank you for bringing this up, Dr Fernando.

    I too was shocked at Wijedasa Rajapakse’s statement as I am sure many people were. One would expect a Justice Minister to be more circumspect and thoughtful in what he says. So much has been written against the death penalty, both from an ethical and philosophical standpoint and from the view of it as a deterrent to crime. It is certainly not something to be lightly spoken of — as seems to have been the case here — nor is it something that squares with ours as a country that gives to Buddhism “the foremost place”.

    Chapter III of our Constitution states that “No person shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” How then can anyone be condemned to death, surely the cruelest treatment?

    I hope that the Minister has regretted his words, otherwise we can only hope that no President, now or in the future, will assent to the execution of the death penalty. And since it is unlikely that our Presidents in the foreseeable future will not be Buddhists, it will surely be impossible for them to do sign away a human life.

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      Manel,

      This is not a criticism of what you wrote.

      But I was quietly amused about “Chapter III of our Constitution states that “No person shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

      Well, all that we have been doing all these years is subject persons to torture and to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. This is why I do not hesitate at any given time to point out that Sri Lanka is not a country of Buddhists.

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    The death penalty is not barbaric, but a warning and detterent to others who take it upon themselves to make life easy for themselves at the expense of others. If one trades in Drugs and Murders then one must expect to pay the penalty if one gets caught in the act. We Sri Lankans have a culture that is 2500 years old. Australia has no culture and whatever good culture it has its culture brought into the country by good migrants. A good parent will not want his children involved in Drugs of any sort. Take away the death penalty and you open the door of Hell and all its uglyness. If there are persons who are against the death penalty so be it, but if you are the unfortunate victim of Drugs or Murder with regard to your loved ones then be prepared to forgive and forget without any thoughts of getting equal. A good parent will not spare the rod but a bad parent will spare the rod.

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      Chris

      “The death penalty is not barbaric, but a warning and detterent to others who take it upon themselves to make life easy for themselves at the expense of others.”

      RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
      DO EXECUTIONS LOWER HOMICIDE
      RATES?: THE VIEWS OF LEADING
      CRIMINOLOGISTS*

      MICHAEL L. RADELET** & TRACI L. LACOCK***
      For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.

      —Albert Camus1

      The question of whether the death penalty is a more effective deterrent
      than long-term imprisonment has been debated for decades or longer by
      scholars, policy makers, and the general public. In this Article we report results from a survey of the world’s leading criminologists that asked their expert opinions on whether the empirical research supports the contention that the death penalty is a superior deterrent. The findings demonstrate an overwhelming consensus among these criminologists that the empirical research conducted on the deterrence question strongly supports the conclusion that the death penalty does not add deterrent effects to those already achieved by long imprisonment.
      …..
      …..
      …..

      The data reported in this Article do not support Mocan’s position. To
      the contrary, the data show that the scientific community, in particular
      social scientists, would likely take a position opposite that of Professor
      Mocan. Our survey indicates that the vast majority of the world’s top
      criminologists believe that the empirical research has revealed the
      deterrence hypothesis for a myth. There isn’t a shred of evidence that
      supports the New York Times’s assertion that there is “an intense new
      debate about one of the central justifications for capital punishment,”
      namely deterrence.85 Recent econometric studies, which posit that the death penalty has a marginal deterrent effect beyond that of long-term
      imprisonment, are so limited or flawed that they have failed to undermine consensus..

      In short, the consensus among criminologists is that the death penalty
      does not add any significant deterrent effect above that of long-term
      imprisonment.

      Read the rest

      http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/files/DeterrenceStudy2009.pdf

      Many studies have proven that Dead Penalty has never been effective deterrent in the past or ever.

      It is barbarous, inhuman completely unacceptable, based on hatred and vengeance, man has no right to kill fellow human being whatever may be the circumstances. What sort of society are you trying to build?

      An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
      Mahatma Gandhi

      How would you suggest the state and the people should compensate the victim if miscarriage of justice were to take place and the state hangs the wrong innocent man/woman?

      Whom do you punish if the wrong person subjected execution? The judge, jury, the executioner(Alukosuwa), state prosecutors, police, those who in inadvertently provided false evidence?

      “Take away the death penalty and you open the door of Hell and all its uglyness.”

      I see lot of ugliness and a pathological killer in you. If you are unemployed and looking for a job please try somewhere else as there is no vacancy for the post of Alugosuwa.

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        Thank for quoting Albert Camus. ‘The Outsider’ is a touching masterpiece.

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    I wonder how all these comments be, IF, anyone in our family was brutally murdered, or one of our sisters, a 10 yr old daughter was sexually molested & raped or the whole set of children, sons ir brothers get addidted to drugs and become uncrolable ?

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      I think you are confusing Punishment with Revenge. These heinous crimes do exist and there are also mistaken identities. Supposing the wrong man was convicted and executed, how would you give him back his life. Nowadays, DNA evidence can prove categorically that a person did or did not do the crime and as I’ve already said, over a 100 people awaiting execution in USA had been proved innocent by DNA evidence and pardoned.

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    Punishment for crime is a corrective action for the offender and a lesson to others. If one is put to death, then there is no corrective action as far as the offender is concerned. I do no wish to portray my self either as an abolitionist or a retentionist. But what is more important for me from a point of view of decent governance is the utterance by the incumbent minister of justice saying something in the City of the Temple of Tooth which is repugnant since it is almost after meeting the Mahanayakes and presumably visiting the Dalada Maligawa. The constitution of this country speaks of Buddhism and the minister who has sworn to uphold the constitution talks of capital punishment in the very sacred city after meeting religious dignitaries. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE CLOTHED WITH POWER FOR THEY ARE DRUNK WITH IT. In an environment where we should promote ethnic and religious amity no citizen must do or say anything that hurts the ethnic or religious feelings of people and the behavior of the Minister is most reprehensible in that respect.

    If as stated in the article the Prime Minister intends to commit Sri Lanka to abolish capital punishment, then the Minister of Justice has no business to go over the PM. There again WR has forgotten the principle of collective responsibility of cabinet. Definitely a Minister who cannot fall in line with the PM cannot continue as the Minister.

    It is no secret that in the olden days when WR was in good terms with MR (incidentally turn the letter M upside down you get W) he was wishing recognition which he did not get. He was blaming MR for keeping an invalid as the Minister of Justice which shows that he was yearning for that position. The power of the Minister of Justice increases leaps and bounds if he were the deciding factor in determining the fate of condemned prisoners. Even in the yester-year there was a lot of corruption in the process of deciding on pardons to the condemned. Therefore in the name of Good Governance abolish this barbaric punishment as soon as possible from our statute books.

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    Wijedasa rajapakshe is right,because if you take a life then you should forfeit yours.A life for a life,what is more fairer than that.Do we not think that the victims life is not worth at all,because it is in the past and now lets forget and move on?

    AS for these two idiots mentioned in the article,because they have not directly killed anyone and when they got caught and they were less than 25 years,an age when you could be immature and make mistakes,i have some sympathy for them.The punishment must fit the crime and if they spend 25 years in that hellhole indonesian jail i think most people would be satisfied that they have been given the correct punishment.

    Killing them is somewhat harsh i think and the sentence should be changed to life imprisonment with chances of pardon in future.

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      shankar

      “A life for a life,what is more fairer than that.”

      Were you or have you ever been an adviser/enforcer to VP, Pottu Amman, Rohana Wijeyweera, R Premadasa, Mahinda, …. on ethical issues?

      In the case of South Africa if Mandela and his fellow Africans had chosen the path that you happily describe as ” if you take a life then you should forfeit yours” there would not have been peace in the country.

      I think you should be charged for your cruelest and most inhumane thoughts for demanding pound of flesh.

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        native veddha

        We are talking in the context of not a civil war here.civil wars are one off events and can be addressed differently as in the south african case you are referring to as punishment is not necessary as recurrence of the incidents during a civil war are rare.

        In common criminal cases a clear message has to be sent out to those who may be thinking of committing murder.Recently i was reading a case in srilanka where a lady doctor and her businessman husband of hers and her daughter and son all were butchered by the watcher employed by the man for his factory.The daughter was raped too.When you accuse me of being heartless for advising hanging that piece of shit for whom you feel so much love for and don’t even have an ounce of love for that poor family,what can you say about such people as yours mentality who are the real culprits who are indirectly responsible for those deaths.In japan ,korea,taiwan ,singapore and HK where the crime levels are the lowest in the world a family like that would have been still living because there are no members of the public like you there showing compassion to criminals.You are the sanctimonious bastards who have made this country what it is, so full of crime as to be ranked so high in the world crime index

        http://www.numbeo.com/crime/rankings_by_country.jsp

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          shankar

          I know you are hopping mad. I know why. I know your bump hits the ceiling and the fan. All your anger and abuse will not persuade me to change my position on Capital punishment, state sponsored murders. Your argument is the least persuasive. Here is a set of reason as to why every human being should oppose hangman, lethal injection, electric chair and lynching mob you included. Please read, sit on it for while, reflect and come back tell what you thought:

          10 Reasons to Oppose the Death Penalty

          Innocence and the Death Penalty

          The wrongful execution of an innocent person is an injustice that can never be rectified. Since the reinstatement of the death penalty, 144 men and women have been released from death row nationally.

          The High Cost of the Death Penalty

          It costs far more to execute a person than to keep him or her in prison for life.

          Death Penalty Can Prolong Suffering for Victims’ Families

          Many family members who have lost love ones to murder feel that the death penalty will not heal their wounds nor will it end their pain; the extended legal process prior to executions can prolong the agony experienced by the victims’ families.

          International Views on the Death Penalty

          The vast majority of countries in Western Europe, North America and South America – more than 139 nations worldwide – have abandoned capital punishment in law or in practice.

          Inadequate Legal Representation

          Perhaps the most important factor in determining whether a defendant will receive the death penalty is the quality of the representation he or she is provided.

          Deterrence

          Scientific studies have consistently failed to demonstrate that executions deter people from committing crime anymore than long prison sentences.

          Arbitrariness in the Application of the Death Penalty

          Politics, quality of legal counsel and the jurisdiction where a crime is committed are more often the determining factors in a death penalty case than the facts of the crime itself.

          Religious Perspectives on the Death Penalty

          Although isolated passages of religious scripture have been quoted in support of the death penalty, almost all religious groups in the United States regard executions as immoral.

          Racial Disparities

          The race of the victim and the race of the defendant in capital cases are major factors in determining who is sentenced to die in this country. In 1990 a report from the General Accounting Office concluded that “in 82 percent of the studies [reviewed], race of the victim was found to influence the likelihood of being charged with capital murder or receiving the death penalty, i.e. those who murdered whites were more likely to be sentenced to death than those who murdered blacks.”

          Alternatives to the Death Penalty

          In every state that retains the death penalty, jurors have the option of sentencing convicted capital murderers to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentence is cheaper to tax-payers and keeps violent offenders off the streets for good.

          http://www.deathpenalty.org/section.php?id=24

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            native veddha

            don’t bring all this theoretical rubbish and clutter up this website.Results is what counts,so be practical and look at the list i have given in my previous comment and see where the east asians are and where the westerners are.Even to day i noticed a muslim student and his wife and her sister were shot by their neighbour.The best joke is after killing three people cold bloodedly,the prosecuter is saying he has still not decided whether to ask for the death penalty.The japs and the koreans must be laughing.

            don’t you want srilanka to be crime free,don’t you love your country?Don’t you want us to adopt the east asian model?

            As for me trying to change your mind,why should i try to.I put my views and you put yours and then we move on.Your mind is yours,i don’t own it and you have every right to think differently from mine.if you think i have abused you i’am sorry,but i have a habit of making my views known rather forcefully and calling a spade a spade which may be misconstrued and misunderstood by others.

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              shankar

              I now know where VP, RW, MR, RP, Gota, ……….. and others come from. They come from the people and not leapt from sky.

              When you as a ordinary citizen tolerate your criminal leaders and repeatedly elect to parliament and higher offices in every election and let them go scot free something wrong with the people. The people who should keep watch on these politicians and other criminals prefer to nap during their tenure or actively protect them.

              Start cleaning the governance, state and institutions, …. etc then we can talk about the effectiveness of capital punishment. On the one hand you allow the state to turn a blind eye on people habitual offenders like Duminda on the other you just want to murder the most lowest in the hierarchy of criminal fraternity.

              Let me ask you this.

              Say for example you kill your husband. The state hangs you. You have five children and they have lost both parent, not of their own choosing. Why should they suffer for your rage or for state’s right to murder?

              Jut because you share murderous gene with others (like David) we cannot allow capital punishment as deterrent. We will continue to campaign against it until it is abolished in this island and through out the world.

              “i have a habit of making my views known rather forcefully and calling a spade a spade which may be misconstrued and misunderstood by others”

              I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

              Voltaire

              I also believe in every person’s right to life. There are alternatives to state murder. Think about it and let me know.

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                native veddha

                “Say for example you kill your husband. The state hangs you. You have five children and they have lost both parent, not of their own choosing. Why should they suffer for your rage or for state’s right to murder?”

                legal matters is not my expertise,but i believe that if i kill my wife in a fit of rage that might be manslaughter having a lesser sentence than murder.If i planned my wife’s killing in advance then it is murder and i should get the death penalty.In fact i will ask the judge to give it to me as it is better than spending the rest of my life in prison thinking about my crime.

                As for my children let god look after them,because i was merely the instrument he used to end my wife’s life.When she was born itself he had decided a date and time and manner of death.

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        But Shylock, some tipped off in an ounce for getting a healthy living.

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    Mr. Wijedasa R should implement the capital punishment without delay IF he really wants to curb the crime rate to the bottom.
    No worries the Aussies stun by this revelation if they traffic drugs…
    Do you want murderers, rapists, drug peddlers and criminals roam your streets without fear of punishment or feed them for life in tax payer’s money in the jail?
    Anyone with the least amount of wisdom says ”Aye” to capital punishment!!

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    Excellent article. Very well done.

    We need the courts o move fast in SL. A 4% conviction rate is appalling. Police needs to get their act together.

    We have a crime wave and no doubt.

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    dear Sir,

    Sreee Lanka, AASIAWEY AASCHRAYA
    is one of the few countries, Which has The Capital Punishment, practiced By Rulers and their Goons in Armed Forces and Police with help of Heroin Dealers, Without any Trial or legal Proceedings.
    So What Are We talking about this So called CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.??????.

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    To Native Vedda.

    You seem to be a very illiterate person. Did you go to school or were your parents to poor to educate you. People like you should be locked away in a dark room and the key thrown away never to be found again. You should be left to languish in the darkness of your illiteracy. From what i see you look like a person who openly supports CRIME.

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      truesrilankan

      “Did you go to school or were your parents to poor to educate you. “

      I did go to school.

      I was okay until I went to school. The problem is that all my teachers were either stupid Tamils or stupid Sinhalese. Now you know why I appear to be bit thick.

      “From what i see you look like a person who openly supports CRIME.”

      Were all your teachers Tamil/Sinhalese?

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        To Native Vedda

        Who ever you are you seem to be plain stupid. A walking, talking Dud & Disaster. Its not that your teachers were stupid Sinhalese or stupid Tamils, but that you were plain stupid. You are a disgrace for a Sri Lankan and many Sri Lankans must be ashamed of your existence amongst the. Go back to school and try to learn even at this stage of your life. May God bless you with the wisdom to learn.

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          He never associates himself with an alien name but Veddah, the Native Veddah. On the day he was born Niburu flew over the Tropic of Cancer, bringing plagues and delirium. Chiefs of the Jarawas, Gadabas, Chenchu, Kattunayakan, Lambadis, Yerukulas, Jatapus brought ornaments, flowers and gifts and anointed him in the name of Banbibi, who n adulthood later became an intellectual warrior who could formidably vanquish Shanthi the busted-caput or any smoochy underpins of the CT.

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            Another Sri lankan idiot whose brain is in delerium. Must be because of too many curries.

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    I think a clear vision on most of the issues are neglected purposely just to secure their political mileage . Media has massive job to do like here Dr. Laksiri / CT and we must bring the leaders constantly on to dialog also we have to expose like ” Amarasiri” in this forum till they get their bolt’s tightened.

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    I wonder if the good doctor will be as sympathetic towards criminals if one of his own was slaughtered by one of them? As far as I am concerned, never have I seen an executed man ever kill a child or rape a woman, again.

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