President makes push to impliment death penalty on drug traffickers

President Maithripala Sirisena says necessary steps should be taken immediately to implement the death penalty against persons who continue to engage in drug trafficking even after they had been convicted and sentenced to death.

President Sirisena said that a failure by the relevant institutions to submit the required documents related to the convicts on death row still engaged in drug trafficking has resulted in a delay to implement the death penalty.

He said that an investigation will be launched in this regard in the near future.

He made these remarks during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, today (10) on making the necessary changes to the laws to control of drug trafficking and minimize criminal activities.

Attorney General Jayantha Jayasooriya, Secretary for the President Udaya R. Senevirathne, Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Hemasiri Fernando, Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, Commissioner General of Excise Department and secretaries of ministries were present at the meeting.

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