Samaraweera said that in response to a question raised a press conference last week on the restoration of Capital Punishment for drug dealers he had reiterated his opposition to Capital Punishment and had added that certain individuals connected to the drug trade try to cover their sins by being benefactors of society, holding high positions in various organizations or as philanthropists in religious organizations.
“Inadvertently, I also mentioned Rotarians and Lions Clubs, which I deeply regret,” the Minister said in a statement today.
He said that while there may be some individuals in society that join various organizations for such reasons he fully recognises and acknowledges that this does not, in anyway, diminish the noble charitable work which has been, and continues to be done by these organizations throughout the country, especially for the poor, needy, destitute and the vulnerable.
“I understand that my comments would have resulted in causing pain of mind to many. To all of them, I express my sincere apologies,” the Minister said. (Colombo Gazette)