Speaking at today’s (11) cabinet media briefing, he said that most ministers agreed to the proposal, made by president Maithripala Sirisena, but noted that implementing it would not achieve the desired result.
According to Senaratne, the president has told the ministers that a decision had been taken to send to the gallows 19 repeated drug trafficking offenders presently in prison.
The assistance of the three armed forces will be obtained for that and the Justice Ministry has been instructed to immediately submit the list of those persons to the president, he said.
Senaratne’s colleague Mangala Samaraweera made his opposition to the proposal known at the cabinet meeting itself.
President ready to sign it
Speaking at the launch of a school-level drug eradication drive this morning at Getambe Stadium in Kandy, president Sirisena said he would sign the implementation of the death penalty for repeated drug trafficking offenders.
The Buddhist society has various opinions on the death penalty, but if that society goes the wrong way despite innumerable sermon-hearing, appropriate decisions should be taken at the appropriate times to rectify that, he added.