17 April, 2024

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Sri Lanka Must Not Reintroduce The Death Penalty

By Pitasanna Shanmugathas 

Pitasanna Shanmugathas

On June 15th 1999, Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam gave a speech in Parliament condemning the proposal by the Kumaratunga government to reintroduce the death penalty. 

In light of the recent announcement on the part of the Maithripala Sirisena government to reintroduce the death penalty, “with plans to execute 19 death row prisoners convicted of drug-related offences,” Neelan’s words, in condemnation of the death penalty, seem more relevant now than ever before. 

“The last hanging in this country took place in 1976. Although the death penalty remains part of our statute book and death sentences are passed, they are automatically commuted. In view of the disturbing incidence of gruesome crime and the increase in crime, it has been proposed that the death sentence should apply in a limited number of circumstances.  I refer to the statement that has been issued by the Presidential Secretariat with regard to this matter. It states that the death penalty will now be carried out in accordance with a procedure where it will seek the recommendations of the trial judge, the Attorney-General and the Ministry of Justice as to whether such a sentence should be executed. I would like to express my strong moral opposition to this measure.  

Neelan Tiruchelvam and Sithie Tiruchelvam

Firstly, in a society where the sanctity of life continues to be debased, it is morally wrong to enforce the death penalty even in these limited circumstances. 

Secondly, the UN Commission on Human Rights recently passed a resolution asking all countries that have the death penalty in their statute books to refrain from implementing it and to suspend operations with regard to the death penalty. So after the last hanging in 1976, Sri Lanka now goes back in history, and against the trend of international public opinion, to revive the death penalty. It would, in my respectful view, be a retrograde step.

Thirdly, there is no credible evidence that the death penalty ever served as an effective deterrent against crime. There has been a large body of scientific studies on this and, up to date, there has been no credible evidence on this point. 

Fourthly, even in the United Kingdom, there have been instances where the death penalty was imposed on persons who were subsequently found innocent of the crimes. Given the imperfections of our system, it would be a terrible mistake to implement so severely a penalty in these circumstances. 

So, for these reasons, I would record our opposition to this measure and urge that the Government and the Opposition have an opportunity to debate fully this important proposal with regard to the administration of justice.”  

In addition to Dr. Tiruchelvam’s compelling points in opposition to the death penalty, it is worth noting that the re-introduction and enforcement of the death penalty by the Sirisena government creates a dangerous precedent which successive administrations, like the rightwing nationalist political party the Sri Lanka Podujana Peraumna (SLPP), if they come into power in the 2020 elections, may seek to further expand. It is also worth noting that Sirisena’s intended use of the death penalty for drug-related offences is a direct violation of international law which, as pointed out by Amnesty International, “says the death penalty can only be imposed in countries that are yet to abolish it for the most serious crimes, meaning intentional killing– and would brazenly defy Sri Lanka’s international commitments, including its repeated votes in favour of a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty at the UN General Assembly, including most recently in 2016.” 

The Sirisena government must be cognizant of the repercussions that the enforcement and reintroduction of the death penalty will have on the people of Sri Lanka for decades to come. 

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    In the previous regime, death penalty was executed mainly on the exposing media, according to their whims and fancies and nobody dared speak against their dictatorship. Now that there is freedom of expression and liberty of democracy, Law and Order must prevail to get this nation of druggist corruption and quick money mania from being totally destroyed. Eliminating the root cause now is better than letting the future generation be destroyed. What is a govt. for if only for private gain.

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      Pitasanna Shanmugathas,
      I wholeheartedly agree with you. Unfortunately, re-introduction of the death penalty is music to the ears of the stupid electorate in SL. If you ask me, the only person who should be hanged right now is MY3. For taking dreams and hopes of January 2015 revolution for a ride. Now trying to win the hearts and minds of the Stupid Gallery by misusing the death penalty to re-build his caricature of a name. HANG MY3 FRIST FOR PROPOSING THIS DESPERATE MEASURE TO SEEK POPULARITY FOR HIMSELF! Then constitutionally strike-off the right to take a life of anybody, including the worst criminals. Not even the State should have the right to kill. That’s the civilized nation we are aspiring to.
      Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling
        Civilized nation, my foot. This month will be the anniversary of the 1983 Riots. Who gave the right to kill ??

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          Steve,
          Is your foot OK? Do you need a stretcher?
          Cheers!
          PS: Black July Barbarism in 1983, JVP Carnage in 1989, 30 years of bloody mayhem by LTTE & SLA. Countless extra-judicial killings in Police custody. This country is already blood-soaked YOU FOOL. Violence has become the norm IN OUR COUNTRY. Precisely the reason why we need to strengthen the sanctity of life. Non-implementation of Capital Punishment has been something to be proud of as a Sri Lankan. Until IDIOTIC FANS OF DUTERTE like yourself saw an opportunity to resolve all ills of SL via DEATH PENALTY. With FOOLS of your caliber in the majority, this country stays exactly where it is. In a CESSPOOL OF VIOLENCE.

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            I think all ills of Sri Lanka are caused by SINHALA BUDDHISM which is quite different from BUDDHISM.
            Religion is the last resort for scoundrels irrespective of religion. So lets strive for a new constitution that keeps religion out of the governance of the country.

            Lets keep religion and the argument whether death penalty is a deterrent out.

            People who deal with drugs for greed of wealth are the worst of the worst. They are destroying the future of the country. They cannot be rehabilitated because no employment or business with their skill set will give them the return they now enjoy.

            Only question is: when they are caught, tried in a court of law and found guilty, should society pay to house them and feed them for the rest of their lives?

            I say no. Bring in the death penalty and reduce the burden on the just society.

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            Ben Hurling
            Thanks, my foot is perfect. I still play football kicking idiots like you around. The country does not need a fool like me to be in a cesspool of violence, it was created by a bigger fool in 1956 and followed by other fools thereafter.

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        I am against reintroducing death penalty same as the writer, Pitasanna Shanmugathas, but for different reasons.
        .
        Contrary to what BenHurling says execution of drug traffickers will never make Maithree popular as Buddhists will never hail taking somebody else’s life.
        .
        Hanging a man, even for crimes he committed, drug trafficking or otherwise, IS ALSO A MURDER.
        .
        Taking somebody’s life to curb crimes is REVENGE which is against Buddhism.
        .
        There are court records about erroneously punishing innocents. There were news reports where people who undertook delivering parcels on trust, borrowing vehicles and even one man who wore his brother’s pair of jeans getting caught to Police and later charged for being in possession of heroine despite them telling the Police exactly what happened. Reintroducing death penalty could also be slaughtering an innocent man.
        .
        If drug traffickers are carrying out their business behind bars, then it is a direct result of having ample opportunities to communicate with the outside world.
        There are many ways to prevent this without slaughtering drug traffickers such as; limiting telephone access, monitoring phone calls, limiting contact between high-risk prisoners, carrying out strict screening of visitors and conducting thorough inspections of their belongings, listening to conversations between drug traffickers and their visitors and most importantly transferring jail-guards frequently to avoid prisoners getting used to them.
        .
        President is not a Buddhist. If he is, even a slight thought to approve slaughtering another human being, will never occur to him.
        .
        Lord Buddha didn’t “evaporate” the mass-murderer “Angulimala” for the benefit of the society, but rehabilitated him through a Dhamma sermon.
        Innocent minds of our children, even the minds of adults will be hardened by seeing the cruelty of hanging a man.
        Even Sri Lanka’s “per capita execution rate” will be compared with other countries in the future.
        PLEASE DON’T DO THIS!!!!

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          Champa ………………………………….profession

          “Taking somebody’s life to curb crimes is REVENGE which is against Buddhism.”

          If that is the case or what you believe you may have to go back and review all your typing in this forum.

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            Keyboard Vedda, the founder of the ……………. profession.
            Oh, you like killing people. Well I don’t. What happened has happened. We have seen so many dead bodies and so much blood in this land.
            Don’t be shy. Say what you have to say.
            Hanging a man for operating a drug network while in prison can be avoided. Execution is not the last resort.

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              Champa ………………………………….profession

              Re read my comments then type whatever you want to type:
              This is what I said earlier.
              If that is the case or what you believe you may have to go back and review all your typing in this forum.

              On several occassions you justified killing innocent people and execution of people and LTTE cadres. I wonder why you have suddenly changed your preferences.

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                Native Vedda
                Don’t lie. I remember every word I said. I never justified killing innocent people anywhere in the world. Our Army didn’t kill innocent people. It was the LTTE who killed innocent people. I have never seen you condemning LTTE’s bloodshed.
                I never never “justified” “execution” of LTTE cadre or anybody. Quote and show where I have ever said LTTE cadre should be killed. I said hardcore terrorists in prison should not be released as they pose a threat to the society. If anybody wants to sane hardcore terrorists, then they should be rehabilitated first which will take 2-3 decades. Terrorism is a punishable offence which should receive life imprisonment to discourage others who martyr them. I have never changed my stance. It was always the same.

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                  Champa …………………………….the profession

                  Did you type the following in effect didn’t you justify killing:

                  You don’t even know the meaning of “war crimes”. Perishing terrorists is not willful killing, but exercising the rights of any sovereign country. Terrorists have no human rights as they are not party to any UN Conventions. UN Conventions and Universal Declarations are only applied to two or more state parties engaged in war who are abide by UN Conventions and Treaties.


                  By the way Since 1971 a lot of civilians and rebels had been killed in Sri Lanka the numbers running into tens of thousands on all sides. According to your typing they must have committed en masse suicide.

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                    Dear NV,
                    .
                    True it is that Champa has intemperately given in to his nationalistic impulses and written the sort of things that you’ve quoted. He has now become one of many who have dissociated themselves from jingoistic support of
                    distractions to cover Sinhala folly.
                    .
                    What’s now happened is that an article written by a Tamil has been commented upon without bringing race into the equation. Let’s welcome the convert, and not now mock him for past comments.
                    .
                    Public life has got so bad that none of us is going to be seen as consistent.

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                      Sinhala_Man

                      Here is a poem by Mário de Andrade October 9, 1893 – February 25, 1945 (Brazilian poet, novelist, musicologist, art historian and critic, and photographer.) written before the Brits granted this island independence.

                      The translation of the poem contains more than 370 words hence I have divided it into two parts to comply with CT’s conditions.

                      The Valuable Time of Maturity – Poem by Mário de Andrade

                      Part I

                      ” I counted my years and discovered that I have
                      less time to live going forward than I have lived until now.

                      I have more past than future.
                      I feel like the boy who received a bowl of candies.
                      The first ones, he ate ungracious,
                      but when he realized there were only a few left,
                      he began to taste them deeply.

                      I do not have time to deal with mediocrity.
                      I do not want to be in meetings where parade inflamed egos.

                      I am bothered by the envious, who seek to discredit
                      the most able, to usurp their places,
                      coveting their seats, talent, achievements and luck.

                      I do not have time for endless conversations,
                      useless to discuss about the lives of others
                      who are not part of mine.

                      I do not have time to manage sensitivities of people
                      who despite their chronological age, are immature.

                      I cannot stand the result that generates
                      from those struggling for power.

                      People do not discuss content, only the labels.
                      My time has become scarce to discuss labels,
                      I want the essence, my soul is in a hurry…
                      Not many candies in the bowl…

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                      Sinhala_Man

                      The Valuable Time of Maturity – Poem by Mário de Andrade

                      Part II

                      I want to live close to human people,
                      very human, who laugh of their own stumbles,
                      and away from those turned smug and overconfident
                      with their triumphs,
                      away from those filled with self-importance,
                      Who does not run away from their responsibilities ..
                      Who defends human dignity.
                      And who only want to walk on the side of truth
                      and honesty.
                      The essential is what makes
                      life worthwhile.
                      .
                      I want to surround myself with people,
                      who knows how to touch the hearts of people ….
                      People to whom the hard knocks of life,
                      taught them to grow with softness in their soul.
                      .
                      Yes …. I am in a hurry … to live with intensity,
                      that only maturity can bring.
                      I intend not to waste any part of the goodies
                      I have left …
                      I’m sure they will be more exquisite,
                      that most of which so far I’ve eaten.
                      .
                      My goal is to arrive to the end satisfied and in peace
                      with my loved ones and my conscience.
                      I hope that your goal is the same,
                      because either way you will get there too .. “
                      .
                      https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-valuable-time-of-maturity/


                      Sinhala_Man
                      I believe this should become the unofficial national anthem of this island.

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                    Native Vedda
                    I remember what I typed. I didn’t justify killing. I said perishing terrorists is not willful killing and that terrorists have no human rights as they kill innocent civilians willfully. I said that against UNHRC’s attempt to prosecute our Army for willful killing based on unsubstantiated allegations projected by LTTE diaspora. I never said LTTE cadre in the prison should be hanged or would have been killed in the battlefield. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa spared them and I am glad he did.
                    But reinstating death penalty is willful killing and I am against it.
                    As I said before what happened has happened. Sri Lanka should not see anymore blood or dead bodies if they can help.

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                      Champa,
                      .
                      When you say, ” terrorists have no human rights”, you are using a purely legalistic argument. When an LTTE cadre was killed, we killed a human being who definitely had a mother and a father – perhaps other relatives as well.
                      .
                      Yes, s/he was a a human being. Some will add that s/he has an after life; others will claim that there was a previous life as well. I don’t know. We have decided (may be arbitrarily) that we should not kill such a human being. Perhaps because cheapening that life reduces the value even of ours.
                      .
                      Theoretically, many may feel uncomfortable with this:
                      .
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwlokQCDR8Q
                      .
                      I think it’s beautiful. Many other YouTubes also explaining it; I chose this for the music – any idea what the words mean?
                      .
                      Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith (see his article) wouldn’t approve of this, or of family planning; but the creep approves of hanging.
                      .
                      Forget the legalities – morally we had no right to kill. Even cleanly; but the fact is that I’m pretty sure that there was depravity as well.
                      .
                      Certainly, I’d suggest to Tamils that they shouldn’t insist on actually punishing soldiers – it’ll be never ending. But investigate; let relatives mourn.
                      .
                      Let all of us who are still alive be less barbaric than we have been in the past.

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                      Sinhala_Man

                      Leave Buddha’s teaching aside.
                      We need to ask ourselves a pertinent question, are we willing to take a life despite any number of reasons one could come up with justifying killing?

                      If the answer is an emphatical no then of course one may discuss the merit of observing Buddha’s teaching.
                      You would have correctly observed the actions of hypocritical Sinhala/Buddhist fascists who tend to use Buddhism as their cover to hide all their bigoted ideas and behaviour.
                      They want to have the cake and eat it too.

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                  Champa ………………………………profession

                  “Don’t lie. I remember every word I said.”

                  No you don’t, you’ve either gone senile or your false pride being a Sinhala/Buddhist racist/fascist would not let you accept what you have typed on the record.

                  The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off
                  -Gloria Steinem, Anne Kristine Stuart, Bill Cosby, Erin Brockovich and others

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                    Sinhala_Man

                    Thanks.
                    The point I am trying to make here is very important one.
                    My Elders tell me in their days if they (Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Malays) made a mistake, or lied, ………….. inadvertently they owned up their mistakes, lies …. and apologized once they realised they were so. They say over the past 60 years every aspect of human realations that was considered respectable have changed. It is no longer necessary to own up or apologize for their mistakes.

                    So there is no way this person Champa going to own up her own mistakes and say sorry to the forum sharers.

                    It is the saddest reality we face now.

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                      Native Vedda
                      What the heck? Why should I say sorry to anybody for my writing? And how could it be a mistake to express my own opinion? Who do you think I am to write the way you want, Vedda?
                      I can see your mentality is contagious, for some Diaspora Tamils and Tamil politicians also want our Army to apologize for perishing terrorists to save Tamils and Muslims in the North. I wonder why they waited until LTTE is perished as it was mostly Tamils who passed information about LTTE terrorists and their whereabouts to our Army.

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          I totally agree with Champa. The entire system prevailing in the Prison Department should be streamlined with special concern to the conduct and security of the prisoners already jailed. The prison guards and other officers who deal with the jailed prisoners to be supervised very closely. Also, random checks in the cells to see whether they are using phones or anything incriminating etc should be carried out. Visitors should be allowed to visit them under close supervision. If anything incriminating or illegal is found in the cells, to deal with the respective officers in a very firm manner. The prisoners are having their own way whilst in jail, due to the support of the corrupt officers which should be stopped PRONTO. The execution of Prisoners will not serve the purpose.

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            prison dept officials should be sent to prison and locked up with their prisoners.

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          Champa,
          “Taking somebody’s life to curb crimes is REVENGE which is against Buddhism.”
          What would you to that Buddhist monk who strangled a policeman the other day?

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            Champa:

            “Taking somebody’s life to curb crimes is REVENGE which is against Buddhism.”

            I personally will not give a rats a-s about any religion. You do a crime you face the consequence.

            “Hanging a man, even for crimes he committed, drug trafficking or otherwise, IS ALSO A MURDER.”
            According to your argument if you happen to take another’s life in self defense that too is Murder. But you will not live to argue whether it was or not.

            One thing I agree is that we have a KANGAROO COURT system. But lets address that not let drug dealers walk free.

            The legal system takes enough precautions (may be not in Sri Lanka) that all criminal cases has to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

            This does not mean there never could be an error. That is the price one got to pay for a just society.

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              Burt
              Self defence as a last resort is accepted in the courts. It is not my doing.
              What I tried to point out is execution is not the only available choice to curb drug trafficking operated by prisoners behind bars.
              It can easily be started with apprehending mobile phones widely used in the high security wards where death row prisoners are locked up. They receive the help of jail guards. Otherwise how could they use mobile phones?
              Prison Department can easily install “censors” to detect mobile phones. What’s the big deal I don’t know.

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            oldcodger
            What can I say? I was aghast. Not all who wear saffron robes follow Lord Buddha’s teachings which is very unfortunate.

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              Champa,
              “What can I say? I was aghast. Not all who wear saffron robes follow Lord Buddha’s teachings “
              You SHOULD openly say something. You don’t like it when non-Buddhists criticize the monks, but you are too scared to do it yourselves. Don’t you guys realize that this irrational fear is something that has been drilled into you from birth, for one purpose only, to protect the corrupt and venal hierarchy.
              You yourself have written about the Kirivehera monk, who was shot recently. But are you aware of the real character of this “monk”? And we taxpayers have to pay his medical expenses!! Try googling “Kirivehera Koba” and you can find a lot more.

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                old codger

                “Don’t you guys realize that this irrational fear is something that has been drilled into you from birth, for one purpose only, to protect the corrupt and venal hierarchy.”

                Also the guaranteed status of Buddhism in the constitution gives the crooks extraordinary powers, practice, impunity, respect, wealth, right to abuse, good food, good life, perhaps good wine and good women or good boys, ………………

                You should consider Temporary Ordination if you were to live your life to the fullest..

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          Champa
          Which ever religion one belongs to we uphold the sanctity of life. However, this month happens to be the anniversary of the 1983 race riots. Who gave the right to kill. As a country where the majority are Buddhists it needs to hang its head in shame.

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            Steve
            1983 was orchestrated by UNP politicians. Those who killed and looted Tamils were thugs. Sinhalese gave their fleeing Tamil neighbours due protection in their houses as much as possible. Even in the recent Digana incident which was also orchestrated by politicians, Sinhalese and Buddhist priests stepped forward to protect Muslims and mosques.
            I don’t like reinstating death penalty as it will harden people’s minds. The execution, if allowed to witness, will be video-graphed and distributed through social media as it has become a fashion now. Since last year there was an increase of suicides. A few famous people and many youth took their lives for stupid reasons and videos, photographs and written stories of how they committed suicide were given undue publicity so much so even and 8 year old girl committed suicide along with many other school children.
            Seeing a dead body and seeing a man being executed openly while listening to his screams are two different things. The first one can make people shock while the second one can make people first curious, then emotional and then traumatized if allowed to witness. I heard that there are 19 of which 7 will be taken care of by the hangman. We will hear barbaric murder stories after this and I don’t think I can even bear the thought.

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              Champa …………………..

              “1983 was orchestrated by UNP politicians. Those who killed and looted Tamils were thugs.”

              Are you sure those who killed Tamils were not Sinhala/Buddhists? Perhaps a special race thugs. Do you also know who killed Tamils in 1958, 1977 and 1981 Muslims recently and in 2013?

              ” Sinhalese gave their fleeing Tamil neighbours due protection in their houses as much as possible. “

              Why were they in frenzy? Why were the saffron clad thugs holding voters list in one hand and pointing and directing mobs towards Tamil houses?
              You have shamelessly tried your best to justify every killing in this land with your fantastic excuses. You have miserably failed. Its time you owned up your madness and say sorry to the people who had been hurt over the past 62 years due to your blind loyalty to Sinhala/Buddhist thugs, killers, ……………………

              We know Buddhists and we also know Sinhalese.
              You are simply a lying, bigoted racist, war crime denier, who belongs to the utterly odious brand, the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists. Please its time you stopped quoting Buddhism, you are not one and you are a fascist from Sinhala/Buddhist ilk. I come from deep South and I know what I am talking about.

              You are a disgrace to humanity.

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                I pity you Native Vedda.
                There is no need to reply to this comment of yours. I can see that people like you don’t like Buddhists posting comments here or them quoting Buddhism. This forum has been a dark tunnel for Tamils, Muslims and non-Buddhists for a long time.
                We Sinhalese Buddhists brought light to the tunnel. There is no way I dim that light for the sake of people like you.

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                  Champa

                  You can pity any number of people in this forum, whatever you do you remain a liar, bigoted racist, war crime denier, a person who belongs to the utterly odious brand of Sinhala/Buddhist fascists.

                  What have you got to do with Buddhism as the awakened one taught?
                  You have your own brand of religion/cult, a parochial political fascist ideology, South Indian converts, ……………..

                  “We Sinhalese Buddhists brought light to the tunnel.”

                  Oh really!!!!
                  On the contrary you the Sinhala/Buddhists brought darkness into the island put grief into the people, continue to keep the people in fear, paranoid and pain.

                  It is diametrically opposed to what the awakened one taught.

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          I agree with all the points here.

          Death penalty wont’t magically change things.

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            Zarc
            Yes. Reinstating the death penalty won’t make the drug business disappear like magic.
            Who knows, the “hangman” might disappear the previous day or may be his loved ones, before executing the drug trafficker. Or it can happen even after that going by the crime rate in the country.
            The drug network should be broken first before executing the middleman who transported or sold drugs.

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      “Sri Lanka Must Not Reintroduce The Death Penalty”

      No, No, No the Death Penalty should never be legalized ………. we are Buddhists.

      When Buddha is looking away …….. Just white-van them ……….. all problems solved.

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        Nimal,
        I am sure Ms. Vijayakala has a solution, but is afraid to say it (again). It might work better than any death penalty.

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          OC,

          As strange as it may seem and as crazy as it may sound …………. that outfit had a moral-compass! ……… which our leaders/outfits lack ……. but because they are our own leaders we have to deceive ourselves into believing that they have one! ……. Such is life ……… and the nature of man.

          That lady spoke the truth …………but truth is not something we can face ……….or afford.

          What would Lanka be if there were no Lankans? ……… I sit and wonder.

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        nf:
        This is why we need a new constitution and we should make sure to keep religion out.
        What has Buddhism done to prevent this menace? It has actually supported drug barons by taking huge donations and having special blessing service.

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      The only time My3 opened his mouth and spoke sense and you guys have to go and spoil it.

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        Paddy,
        Maithri will claim next week that he was misquoted.

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          oc:
          I will buy that. This guy does not have balls or a backbone.

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          Maithree disgraced the country by hailing Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte’s killer drug war which has seen 20,000 murders so far. Duterte has once boasted for killing a man when he was a teenager.

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        Maithree disgraced the country by hailing Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte’s killer drug war which has seen 20,000 murders so far. Duterte has once boasted of killing a man when he was a teenager.

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          Champa ………………………….. profession

          “Maithree disgraced the country by hailing Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte’s killer drug war which has seen 20,000 murders so far.”

          You continue to disgrace this island its people and Buddhism by referring the war criminals war heroes and the mad MP Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa who wanted to carpet bomb innocent civilian in Vanni and bomb parliament your hero.

          Whats the matter with you lying Sinhala/Buddhist fascists?

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      Pitasanna Shanmugathas,

      RE: Sri Lanka Must Not Reintroduce The Death Penalty

      Sri Lanka already has death penalty, even though not officially on the books, but in practice. White Vans, political killings, riot killings, police custody killing, domestic violence killings etc. are all being practiced.

      By introducing, a selected few will be hanged, some innocent whose lives cannot be restored.

      Perhaps, they should be given life in prison with hard labor so that they will earn their keep while doing hard labor, and give them the option of committing suicide for their crimes, so that they can take an early passage to hell, heaven, Nirvana, or Apaya, or pay “indulgence” fees to the appropriate authorities.

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      We must not protect any high criminals. Reactivating executions is a must. Then only those who are promoted while being in prison cells would finally see it. Rajapakshes are behind all various nemesis in this country. They are the ones who paint the picture in favour of criminals just because their power intoxicated cloud. They dont care so long they have been put above the altar. This trick has been applied brutally again and again to twist the average mind set.
      Average mind set would be misled by easy tricks so as the case in some provinces in Pakistan, though lankens in general are blessed with high literacy rate. Now the sociologists have learnt, no literacy rates can do that much so long gulliable mind set have been manipulated by feeding them with blatant lies about politicals rivals.
      Today people have forogtten almost everything how Rajapakshe men abuse it by 2015.

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    Don’t these people ever think of the victims.They also deserved sanctity of life,don’t you think.

    You take a life.Then you forfeit yours.Nothing can be fairer than that.As for drugs these dealers have not taken a life directly.So it is a bit of a grey area for me to take their lives.I feel only those who are drug kingpins who have caused a lot of deaths among us should be executed,not the small fellows.

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      shankar

      “You take a life.Then you forfeit yours.Nothing can be fairer than that.”

      Do you want the criminals/murderers/drug smugglers ……………….. to determine the destiny and how this island is managed?

      Who is going to hang the last person?

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        native

        do you want to be colonised by the europeans again.This time by listening to all the shit that spews out from their mouths.Compare their crime rates with that of East asians.They tell the europeans to f— off and have beaten them in everything.

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          shankar

          Let me have some comparative statistics of death penalty having a deterrent effect on potential capital crimes.

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            life for life.No need for deterrents.

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        NV:
        “Do you want the criminals/murderers/drug smugglers ……………….. to determine the destiny and how this island is managed?”

        Are you referring to the Mahanayaka’s?

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          Burt

          I meant Mahanayakas too.

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      shanker

      Read the following:

      “The Prisons Department will call for applications to recruit two hangmen next week to carry out death sentences, Prisons Spokesman Commissioner Thushara Upuldeniya said. – Daily Mirror 12 July 2018.”

      I suggest you apply for the above posts, one for you and the second one for your poster boy David.

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        native

        they should get them from africa.There is a saying that nothing can be better than to see a african just before you die.I don’t want to apply and spoil their pleasure.

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    – Except for criminal politicians.

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    Pitasanna
    There are countries like Singapore that still enforces the death penalty for drugs related crimes. Look at how the Phillipines has controlled its drug problem against all international opposition to its methods. None of us would like to see the death penalty reintroduced in Sri Lanka. However, think of the number of young lives lost through drugs, families destroyed, increase in crime related to drugs, which will run into thousands or millions compared to the death penalty on some drug dealers. Even the North now is facing a huge drug problem.

    Pitasanna do you have a better alternative. If so let us hear from you.

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      The case of Portugal is a model which should be followed. Drug addiction should be treated as a mental health problem and not a crime problem. Portugal decriminalized all drugs and it led to a sharp decline of crime rates. Here is an excerpt from a New York Times piece on the matter by Nicholas Krisof entitled, How to Win A War on Drugs: “Decades ago, the United States and Portugal both struggled with illicit drugs and took decisive action — in diametrically opposite directions. The U.S. cracked down vigorously, spending billions of dollars incarcerating drug users. In contrast, Portugal undertook a monumental experiment: It decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001, even heroin and cocaine, and unleashed a major public health campaign to tackle addiction. Ever since in Portugal, drug addiction has been treated more as a medical challenge than as a criminal justice issue. Portugal’s drug mortality rate is the lowest in Western Europe — one-tenth the rate of Britain or Denmark — and about one-fiftieth the latest number for the U.S”

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        pitasanna

        go to portugal our former colonial power and live there if you like it so much.However their is merit in what the portuguese did in decriminalising it.I can’t see much of a difference between drug addiction and any other addictions like for cigarettes and liquor.Either we should ban those too or decriminalise drugs.All 3 are addictive.

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          Dear shankar,
          .
          You have said, “All 3 are addictive.” The other two being “cigarettes and liquor”.
          .
          This is the crux of the problem. We “know” those two: few of us understand what is meant by “drugs”. How should we get to know? By sampling? Much to dangerous. Let me tell you what I know of the other two:
          .
          Active smoking: two pulls from a cigarette when I was 15 years old. Had I got caught, the school would have sacked me. Those who persisted, liked the dare. Almost all now regret being addicted. Very few began smoking after age twenty. Conclusion: don’t attach so much opprobrium to the act.
          Passive smoking: far too much of the time – but it is simple to “know” all forms of it.
          .
          Liquor: I have tasted, but for thirty years now a tee-totaller. Qualification: still taste the exotic: don’t allow pressure to build up.
          .
          “Cocaine”, “Marijuana”, – just names to me. Some are said to be harmless. But there’s such a variety – new forms constantly “invented”. How do we educate kids? They must be told what to avoid at all cost. Education is a must in this area, as well as sex (which is simpler!). I don’t know how to set about the first! That is a major problem for most us, isn’t it?

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            sinhala-man

            we know that all three are harmful to our heath.Why are we allowing things to be sold to people knowing fully well that they are harmful to health.ban all 3.

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              Personally, I have no objection.
              .
              There seems to be policy to ensure that smoking is stopped.
              .
              Liquor presents more complex problems.
              .
              shankar, I wish it were so easy to just “ban” these things. As I have already stated, schools making such a fuss about smoking may be a reason for kids finding smoking fascinating. There is a definite smoking lobby – which once included the Finance Ministry, since they thought that the cigarette tax was an easy way to collect revenue. I’m sure that thinking has now been changed.
              .
              Tackling the Tobacco companies is much more complex.
              .
              But much more complicated is the subject of drugs. Major politicians are in the game. That’s the problem, isn’t it?

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            sinhala man

            “Active smoking: two pulls from a cigarette when I was 15 years old. Had I got caught, the school would have sacked me. Those who persisted, liked the dare. Almost all now regret being addicted.”

            same thing happened to me.i practically forced a classmate of mine to come wit me to the back of the school building and have a puff for the first time.He was reluctant but after a few puffs his face lit up and he puffed away and became a heavy smoker.For some strange reason i did not get addicted but many others whom i told to take a puff became addicted and heavy smokers.

            Same for alcohol.I did not get addicted but many others i asked to taste it became heavy drinkers and some even drunkards and alcoholics.

            “Cocaine”, “Marijuana”, – just names to me. Some are said to be harmless. But there’s such a variety – new forms constantly “invented”. How do we educate kids? “

            I hope the party drug ice never comes to srilanka.People hallucinate and jump off the balcony during the party,thinking they are a bird.Then they take knives and start to stab people.Children shoot their parents.

            In case you are wondering i never introduced anyone to drugs.During our schooldays there was hardly any drugs available,otherwise i may have done it.

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          shanker

          You are being selective regarding addictions.
          How about addiction to sex, technology (fingering mobile 24/7/52), serial raping, sexual harassment at work, bullying, ragging, obsessive-compulsive spectrum (kleptomania the clan), killing (Gota, Kamal,…..) , ………………………….. serial fantasists (too many in this forum), work (workaholic), sadism (our highly experienced torturers), child abuse, …………………………. lying, violence, ……………

          Lets hang them all hence we need hanging judges.

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            “How about addiction to sex, “

            veddha, does sex have any harmful effects.Addiction with harmful effects is what i,am talking about. don’t ban sex.Even Lord Jesus said to love thy neighbour.

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            Yeah, that leaves only the Kalavddhas. Let us hang them too.

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              What about those like you that would do the job for any high criminals to even get back to power ? I think Mathugama ballige putha should finally learns it even if he would not stay another few years as is the case with Hamantha Warnkulasooriya who then protected Kudu Duminda silva by every means.

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              We perfectly knwo all those developed countries – their peoples have been tamed by rigorous law enforcement.
              Just when they make their holidays in developing countries only, they abuse laws. Else, they the people regardless of any geographical locations, behave same so long hard laws would nt allow them.
              Rajapakshes have been twisting the mind set of easy targets but not thinkign twice about the harm being done to them. Their propaganda machines – such as HIru TV, Derana TV and other printed press make headlines even if the bugger would cough turning left. LANKEN MEDIA TODAY IS HIGHLY ABUSIVE, THEY THOUGH MAKE USE OF THE FREEDOM GIVEN THEM; BUT NO GOOD NEWS FOR THE BENEFIT OF MASSES SPREAD JUST BECUASE THEY HAVE BEEN CAUGHT BY RAJAPAKSHE MAFIA.

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        Pitasanna,
        Portuguese policy may be OK for drugs, but what about murder? You can’t decriminalize that, can you?

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        Thanks, Pitasanna Shanmugathas, for a thoughtful and well written article. Thanks also for responding rationally to the question posed by Steve.
        .
        “shankar”, I don’t think that we should confuse the Portugal of today (or Holland for that matter), for the nasty experiences we had with them when they colonised us. Certainly we have to learn the lessons of History.
        .
        However, it is necessary for us to recognise how societies change. Those two countries are probably now highly civilised. And our society has changed. There is justification for most of us railing at politicians. However, changes which we cannot understand are taking place in life-styles, and these new circumstances demand fresh thinking.
        .
        No single solution that I can think of. “Being Open-Minded” is all. (In saying that I’m thinking of the theme of Hamlet being “Readiness is All”, and Lear, “Ripeness is All”.

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          sinhala man

          the president should be given the powers to decriminalise whenever he feels like it and criminalise it again whenever he feels like it.It is a slight modification to the portuguese to show the world we are not portugal’s colony anymore,we are not exactly copying them or anything like that,but it is our own innovation.

          beside the drug peddlers will never know when the shit will hit the fan.Just imagine when they have invested millions of rupees on drugs and suddenly the president announces that from today it is being decriminalised.The floor will drop from under the prices and the drug dealers will lose heavily.Then one day te president announces he is re criminalising it again from that day onwards.the drug dealers will again invest heavily and then one day the president announces he is decriminalising it.Our president is the ideal man for this because nobody knows what he is going to do next.This time the drug dealers will be wary not invest again so much and so on and so on keep them on pins and give the bastards sleepless nights.I learnt this from the international stock markets indices and commodity indices which give you sleepless nights with volatility.

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        Pitasanna, you are right. Too often people assume that legalizing something is the same thing as approving of it. The consumption of drugs should be legalized and a huge education program should be undertaken to educate every child from infancy about the evil of drugs. Unfortunately the Government has not got the will to do either.

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      Steve,
      Sri Lanka is littered with voters who walk around with such tiny brains. Upon which corrupt, opportunistic politicians have been preying on for their own survival for the last 70 years. Look where we are today as a nation! Keep admiring that uneducated, blood-thirsty criminal DUTERETE Steve. Rest assured all of your country’s burning problems will be solved.
      Cheers!
      PS: Don’t forget to subscribe to fan pages of BLOODY IDIOTS, run by GOTLER, Donald Trump and BREXIT Campaigns either. They need you.

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        Ben Hurling
        Agree with you since you are one of those tiny brains or more correctly no brains. Put yourself in the place of a family that has a Drug Addict and your brains may become larger. Duterte has the highest ratings ever for a President of the Phillipines. The people love him for cleaning up the Drug menace. By the way you sound like a Drug Dealer who does not want to go to the gallows.

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      steve

      “Pitasanna do you have a better alternative. If so let us hear from you.”

      Don’t wait with bated breath for any solutions from these guys other that to go and lick the europeans arse some more.We did that for 300 years and see where it got us to.

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    The Death Penalty should not be reintroduced because our courts are horribly corrupt.
    Once a person is dead you cannot bring him back to life at any cost.

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      hancho pancha

      “The Death Penalty should not be reintroduced because our courts are horribly corrupt.”

      Are the people honest?

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        I have not come across one, except myself.

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    Whether death penalty for drug dealing is reasonable or not, all those prison officers should be given death penalty for failing to apprehend operating that business from prison cells.

    It’s not only that drug dealers ruin the country but also the corrupt officials.

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      Some jailers may well be decent enough people, but I’m sure the prison system is over-stretched.
      .
      Never been there, so don’t know!
      .
      In many instances it is difficult to decide, but by now we all know what the most extreme cases are. But then we want to protect “our group”.
      .
      So many of the “extreme cases” prosper, that’s the problem. But who is to decide becomes a relevant question – because we are so given to launching “defences”.

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    Some countries, eg- some Latin American, Afghanistan & Pakistan seems to be giving secret state level support for drug trading.

    There’s a possibility of our (SL) politicians too involved in it. Unless how can one run any kind of trading headquartering prison cells.

    Those counties must be questioned for that @ international level.

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    I am more concerned by the unjust law enforcement in the country than by the reactivation of the death row. People with high social profiles that should be in the death row are in fact governing us from the parliament. Businessmen and politcians that import drugs in tons, hiding behind political privileges, are living luxurious lives in their palaces, whereas down and out drop outs that were caught with a gram or two of drugs languishing in death row. Miserable judges think that they have doen a great service and wield their power by sentencing these sad lives to be terminated. Terrorists that take hundreds and thosands of lives of citizens are being feted as ministers or specially protected collaborators of the government, whereas a soldier that fought for the country and pulled the trigger as part of his duty are being committed to the death row. Our justice system and the ones that enforce them are sick, and so are the politicians at the top that allow this sick system to continue. Could someone explain to me how prisoners locked up could communicate with their accomplices using cell phones etc, without the collusion of the very jailers that is supposed to supervise them or without the protection of politicians?

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      thrishu

      “Could someone explain to me how prisoners locked up could communicate with their accomplices using cell phones etc, without the collusion of the very jailers that is supposed to supervise them or without the protection of politicians?”

      Good question.
      However Duminda Silva was not charged until 2015 and found guilty only in 2016 for the murder he committed in 2011. Remember “He was a close ally of the powerful Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, whose brother Mahinda was president until losing elections in 2015. -BBC 8 September 2016”.

      Who is protecting who?
      If the prison officers didn’t oblige the criminals, they are normally forced to by outside forces, criminal fraternity, law enforcement, politicians, ministers, ………….. in addition to bribe.

      Now Sirisena is of the opinion no war zeroes could be prosecuted for other crimes. He is willing to tolerate war zeroes even if they rape and murder his son, daughter, wife, mother, grandmas, sisters, aunts, ……………….

      And you think Dr Gota would be a benevolent Hitler.

      When did you last have your reality checked?

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    Enforcing death penalty will be a violation of the Constitution. We have written into the Constitution that the government ” shall give Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the Buddha sasana” The first precept says ”Thou shall not kill” If we are to protect and foster Buddhism the State will have abide the first precept.

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      Upali
      Those in saffron robes are also killers. A few days ago a monk at a temple in Ratnapura strangled a Policeman to death. So where is the first precept ?

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        steve

        thats your ault.You did not give him a copy of our constitution.

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      so far you are the only one who has read our constitution.

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      You are just bubbling while safron monks have been praising the President s statement on this.

      I think if we have hang tree so Rajapakshes would be the first ones to be hung for all the high crimes they deliberately perpetrated in their days.
      Today, they have become saints WHILE good governance promotors get criticised.

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      We do not practice true Buddhism here, but only a corrupt and devil controlled form of evil exaltation called SB fascist majority oppression leading to other ethnic cleansing dictatorial fiery butchery and looting. Monks in robes promote Gotler not Buddha. Death penalty was not needed earlier with law and order as it was “do it yourself”

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    In support of point 3, may I add that the last British hangman (400+ executions) had this to say –

    ‘If death were a deterrent,’ he wrote, ‘I might be expected to know. It is I who have faced them at the last, young lads and girls, working men, grandmothers. I have been amazed to see the courage with which they take that walk into the unknown.

    ‘It did not deter them then, and it had not deterred them when they committed what they were convicted for. All the men and women whom I have faced at that final moment convince me that in what I have done I have not prevented a single murder.’

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/law-obituaries/5768567/Albert-Pierrepoint.html

    Also, despite having the death penalty in most US States they still have hundreds of murders –

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/195331/number-of-murders-in-the-us-by-state/

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    I’m against to dealth penalty in Sri Lanka..
    Because; so many issues are related to this..
    I do not think judges in Sri Lanka are free to pass on their judgment on any issues.
    They have been politically motivated..
    They have been bribed ..
    They have been threatened.
    They have been influenced by many factors.
    So; I do not think justice will be done .
    Secondly..
    To apply just punishments you must have free and just society ?
    Do we have ?
    Do we uphold the democratic values?

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    According to the decision taken in this regard, death penalty is to be given to those who are already convicted and still carrying out anti-social activities from the prison. This is one person ruining the whole world. Only way to stop it is Death Penalty.

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    Re-introduction of the death penalty would, to me, be a retrograde step, and not many expect it to happen, given the constant vacillations of this gentle President Maithri.
    .
    To let it rest there is simplistic. Circumstances change. They have actually advertised for a hangman. This is going to be a political decision, made by politicians unwilling to face up to the fact that their own compromises and involvement in white collar crime has led to this situation.
    .
    A sizeable number of politicians, below the highest level, are drug dealers. Even from Death Row they are conducting business. They themselves are cold-blooded NONaddicts. One of them, Duminda Silva, is in Death Row for an actual (political?) murder. I know that we could get in to arguments on details. But how do we save coming generations? For all his vacillations, My3 is aware of the issues, and I feel that this time he is serious.
    .
    Yes, even I begin to despair of staving off this move unless progress is made in ensuring that Justice is done in other areas of social activity. We see only selective implementation of laws. Some politicians want Vijayakala Maheswaran out of Parliament. That means robbing a huge number of voters of representation in the legislature. The thinking seems to be that, since they are Tamils, it doesn’t matter. On the other hand, Gnanasara gets away with saying and doing much worse.
    .
    So, we’ve got to get back to saying that the root problem is unsatisfactory public life (spreading all over the world?), and that the death penalty is just one more manifestation of that phenomenon. On the other hand if Wele Suda is hanged, I’m not going to cry for him.

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      Dear Sinhala_Man, You are all over the place on this, – quite unlike the man I am used to.
      *
      The problem is corruption. The problem is Law enforcement.
      *
      Death penalty does not solve any of these.
      *
      On a lighter vein, hang all the politicians who go back on their word to the electorate!

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        Dear Unreal,
        .
        What you say “in lighter vein” is most sensible.
        .
        When I have no solution to suggest, yes, I’m “all over the place”. However, I feel that this is such an important issue that I felt that I had to say something. The comment that you refer to beginning, “Re-introduction of the death penalty . . .” just above represents the first comment I made when only the main article was to be seen. Later, I’ve decided to say many little things to the many serious things said by others.
        .
        At least this discussion seems to be going well – given its grim nature as well.

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    Nonsense. SL badly needs death penalty.

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      True Lankan

      “Nonsense. SL badly needs death penalty.”

      Are you a long term unemployed or unemployable and seriously looking for a job?
      Hang on another couple of years, Gota may employ you.

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    There is serious need to clean up the prison system. Hard core criminals conduct business as usual from within prisons.
    The use of communication facilities should be strictly monitored, and privileges for those with money and position should be curtailed.
    That besides, what do we do about death in custody and ‘encounter killings’?

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    President clearly iterated that the death penalty will be given to those already convicted drug traffickers, who carried out large-scale drug smuggling operations, while in detention.

    Therefore none of your points apply to this scenario.

    Before you criticise you should present at least one alternative for the death penalty since as we all know drug trade is becoming a terrible menace in this country that’s going out of control.

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      I have at least one good alternative for the death penalty – public whipping. It has many advantages –
      It is cheap to carry out under supervised conditions
      It is highly shaming and embarrassing
      It is incredibly painful, the culprit will be unable to lie on his back for months
      It puts a complete end to the culprit’s political career, if he has one

      Start with any politicians convicted of corruption.

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        Paul

        “I have at least one good alternative for the death penalty – public whipping. It has many advantages –”

        You should import some experienced floggers on work permit from say Saudi Arabia. If you are going to flog you should aim to flog at least half the population including yourself and your family.

        “It is highly shaming and embarrassing”

        I wouldn’t think so. Those being flogged take it as a batch of honour, a hero who endures pain and suffering. Politicians and criminals do not suffer from shame and embarrassment.

        “It is incredibly painful, the culprit will be unable to lie on his back for months”

        Some would enjoy it and what if they ask more?

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          Paul

          If you change your mind regarding inflicting pain please note we have our own torturers who are creative, effective, ………. in their business. Gota’s goons are still wasting/making their time in the armed forces and police.

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          Don’t worry Native, you can be first in line.

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    Death Penalty in a country supposed to be proudly governed by Buddhist principals? What hypocrisy.

    Of course, when a high priest endorses a potential presidential candidate with a dubious past & encourages him to become a Hitler ( obviously unaware that Hitler caused death & misery to countless people, including his own countrymen, not only the Jews, & was ultimately responsible the destruction & the division of the country) & an uneducated, slimy President who sways with the wind, what is to be expected other than hypocrisy? I wonder if the proposed separate court for the Buddhist clergy will also dish out the death penalty.

    Buddhists believe that Karma will be the judgement for the sins, other religions believe in an all mighty god as the creator, in which case, only god has the right to take away his imperfect creations. Whatever the belief, what right man has to take away another life? That is why in the 21st century, civilised society has abolished the death penalty.

    Throughout history, many innocent people all over the world have been sent to the gallows, mistakenly or sometimes even purposely. Miscarriage of justice happens but a person sentenced to life in prison instead of the gallows can be given his or her life back if it proves out be not guilty of the crime at a later investigation & there are many who have been reprieved after spending years in jail, innocent of the crime. Agreed, there are horrendous crimes that deserves the death penalty but it is a greater punishment to be incarcerated for life, knowing never to feel freedom again, than punishment by death. Particularly, in SL where law enforcement & the judiciary is corrupt to the core, it would be the minnows who pay the ultimate price, not the sharks. Didn’t Jesus say something about who should cast the first stone?

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      Dear Raj,
      .
      I think that all your observations are relevant and well thought-out. It is good that so many people have commented, but I fear that I have made too many comments – which, as “Unreal” has observed are “all over the place” in that they lack focus.
      .
      But many have recognised the crucial importance of the issue. You are right in having reservations about approving this ultimate penalty. Even more right in observing that our problem lies in the corruption of the very State and of those who are in charge.
      .
      Yes, too many of the “sharks” are in Parliament.
      .
      It is easy to make mistakes in some cases, but what faces us is that we now live in a “Kakistocracy” (it won’t do any harm referring to the meaning of the word.) I first came across it in an article by Dr Ameer Ali.
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/is-sri-lanka-descending-towards-kakistocracy/
      .
      Here’s an attempt to deal with it fully, and its growing world-wide relevance:
      .
      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/18/donald-trump-kakistocracy-john-brennan-us-twitter
      .
      “Drugs” figure prominently in this discussion. Although it is difficult to identify the criminal in some cases, we know those who are at the extreme end; but they often have the”influence” to get off. When guys on “Death Row” are still conducting their profitable business, and when general corruption of governments is such that they may even be currently released, I fear that we may have to do some re-thinking. Hanging one obvious “shark” may have the desired effect – subject to all your caveats.
      .
      There are so many extra-judicial killings that they are now part of the system.
      .
      As a matter of principle, I’m against capital punishment.

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    People who should worry about are 2 grams drug users. Anyone having more than this will go
    scot-free. So who cares.

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    The cunnings are writing philosophical articles to gain name. They have no sense about scene at all. Last night IGP was investigating in Jaffna about the new complainants. Lawless and Orderless Minister was also in Jaffna. (This rotten case is placed by New King to resist UNP’s call to appoint Ponny for that job.) Somewhere near to their camping, last night, Aava Kuzhu broke into a house, damage the house and cut the owner. The Tamil media is blaming police purposefully came to scene only after 9:00 AM. (12 hours delay?). What a shame!

    Rapist Army is the one doing the most of crimes. Almost all Northern boats in the sea doing this business are controlled by Navy. Navy arrests Indian fishermen only, not traffickers.

    The crime in North is rampant because:
    1). If Sinhala Rapist Army does it, it is Heroism,
    2). If a Podi Ayatollah or Ayatollah did it, its Dharma,
    3). If a politician did it, It is only the Tamil working under the order of that guy did it (Like CB looting case.)
    For New King, women serving drinks in a restaurant is crime. Is he going to hang booze suppliers through women, with drug suppliers too, one day? This drama is only to fool the world. This is the idiot said “Some people came by the other ways to punish War Heroes, but he thawed it all”

    The new game could be because they may be having witnesses like Pillaiyan in the prison, so they want them eliminated, quickly.
    If a highly influential politician’s family is involves, they will secretly withdraw this.

    Pitasanna probably is little bit ahead of all in this game. He probably guessing this will bust so it is going to ended up “My voice is heard” at Presidential Palace. Pitasanna is a brother of Deepika in saving Appe Aanduwa.

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      Hi Mallaiyuran,

      Where are you based in? Zurich, Toronto, London, Sydney, Melbourne? You are articles make no sense at all here.

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    Thank you Our beloved President &Prime Minister for Bringing peace to Tue country .

    May you both be blessed for many more years with long life ,good health and success

    On behalf of ‘I am Sri Lankan
    And Muslim
    ‘(Moors Ceylon,Coastal, Moors ,Ceylon Arabs, Ceylon Javanese , Ceylon Malays , Memons ,Borahs. Sri Lanka Jafaris ,Ahmedis and Ishmailies ..

    Whoever Rules Sri Lanka ,we Muslims will swear our sincere allegiance to our Leaders as long as they are legally and Democratically elected custodians of Our Mother Lanka.

    As for the rules of Our Faith in our God ,while respecting all others beliefs .

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    Death penalty is the most humane punishment .

    Life sentence in jail is usually considered to be proposed by sadistic minded Judicial

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    “The Sirisena government must be cognizant of the repercussions that the enforcement and reintroduction of the death penalty will have on the people of Sri Lanka for decades to come. “

    wow ! repercussion …. on the people of Sri Lanka for decades to come…”

    worse than selling the country to China?

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    Sri Lanka summarily executed thousands of lightly armed/unarmed young men and women, during two JVP insurrections – in 1971 & 1988/89.
    Where was the humanitarianism of Buddhism then?
    Neelan completely disregarded these executions.
    Condemning these would have cost him his political survival.
    Maybe because of this, he was killed by an LTTE suicide-bomber.

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    In Sri Lanka, the most successful candidate to be elected by the people to the Legislature will be a person on the “Death Row”. Example during the last general election a man who was in remand prison for “murder” received the “highest” number of votes. So to avoid such “elections” would be to execute the person very next day he is convicted. Why “Death Penalty” only to “Drug Dealers”? What about those who “cultivate” them (the Drug Dealers) to amass wealth and lead prosperous lives in the Parliament? First the “Death by Hanging” or “Shooting Squad” (like in China, as we are so much being a colony of that country) must be imposed upon all the Politicians who are found guilty of ROBBING the Peoples’ wealth. Mr. President: set an example by first “Hanging” your Chief of Staff and that ex Chairman of the Timber Corporation and all others who would be “Connected” with that crime.

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      I hope that it is recognised that much of what you say is sarcasm.
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      It is not clear to me who is meant by the term “Drug Dealers”. We have lots of other things to do in life, so I don’t have a list of those who were convicted; it ought to be the biggest Drug Dealers, who will not be people who touch any drugs, since the know the dangers.
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      We degrade ourselves by getting the State to hang people. Each time it is done, we should be ashamed, but things have got so bad, have we got a choice? Emphatically, yes! But experience sadly points to such solutions not materialising.
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      What sort of guy is a criminal? It may interest you to know that met the “Chief of Staff” you refer to almost exactly three years ago – and found him wonderful! I have made many comments here:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sirisena-orders-sacking-of-his-chief-of-staff-and-timber-corp-chairman-accused-of-bribery/comment-page-1/#comments

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    Death PEnulty should have been enacted just after the LTTE war. Because, JVP and LTTE created so many weirdos who are mentally incapacitated. Some of those soldiers who becme weirods because of the war should be incarcerated until they get help. but, Drug business thrived during the war. Drug business ccan be slowed down only buy Terminating them. Therefore, death penulty is needed and at least 54 countries have death penulty even at this moment. IT is better them to get rid of incurable killers such as child – rapists (not muslims) and drug lords (politicians and Police will escape).

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    West was against, phillipiones PResident, duterte getting rid of Drug Lords. His forces invaded the well guarded house of MAyor and killed him. Only the country whose spy agency is believed in the world drug trade opposed it. Now, duterte is challenging their association with the almighty and neglect of the country and he is challenging that saying in elelction meeting. He had said if there is prove it I quite the Position. Sri lankan also needs something like that. Phillipines also value sri lanka’s decision against the Drug Mafia. ONLY QUESTION IS WHETHER PRESIDENT IS HONEST OR HE IS PALYING A GAME BECAUSE EVERY MINISTER SAYS WE DO NOT HAVE MONEY AS WELL AS THERE IS NO TIME TO DO ANY DEVELOPMENT PROEJCT. IT IS ONLY TIME TO GET DEVELOPMENT LOANS FROM INTERNATIONAL MONEY LENDERS AS MONEY IS NEEDED FOR THE ELECTION

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    Then lets resort to introducing whipping instead of the death penalty.
    This way, we don’t take a life and the President need not accumiliate bad karma.

    A minimum of Six of the best to begin with would be fine.

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      Thondamany

      Where have you been no see long time?

      “Then lets resort to introducing whipping instead of the death penalty.”

      You pervert you will enjoy it and will ask for more.

      “This way, we don’t take a life and the President need not accumiliate bad karma.”

      Are you saying, MR, Gota, members of armed forces, death squad, ……………………… have already accumulated bad Karma? What would this bad karma going to do to them?
      Its too bad.

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      Sinhala Only Jury let the criminals to go ( like in Raviraj case) and the Sinhala Rapist Army present only Krishna(MMC) like the ones as drug traffickers with framed case, not even 1% percent of the crimes are going to come downs by all these dramas.

      Those about to be hanged are already in prison, but they are said to be still smuggling. Then how is that? It is only possible with the help of Police and prison guards. Just simple electronic devices will show how many cellphones are active in prison. Why prison guards are not catching them?

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    We do not need death penalty the white vans can do the needful.

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    The ‘For and Against Death Penalty People’ please relax.
    Pitasanna Shanmugathas starts and ends the article to glorify a certain Neelan and indirectly devilify someone else. In between is one-oh-one stuff recycled.

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