The Department noted that a total of 1178 inmates have received death sentences adding that 720 of them have appealed against their sentences.
30 of them have been convicted of drug-related offenses. Out of the 30 convicts who received capital punishment, 18 convicts are on death row while 12 convicts have appealed against capital punishment. A woman and four Pakistani nationals are among the 18 convicts who are to receive capital punishment.
Death penalty for 04
President Maithripala Sirisena said he had signed papers for the execution of four convicts who are on the death row.
He added that these four individuals have bene convicted of drug peddling.