“Abolition of death penalty, a victory of drug kingpins, criminals” – President

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The day a Bill to abolish the death penalty is brought to Parliament will be declared a national day of mourning as the it will mark the occasion of handing over this country to drug dealers, criminals and rapists, President Maithripala Sirisena stated.

President made these comments during a ceremony in Walawa Zone to present land deeds to 5,000 Mahaweli settlers yesterday (14).

Expressing his views, President further stressed that attempts by a certain section of the Government to bring a Parliament act to abolish the capital punishment is an achievement of drug dealers and criminals.

President vouched that he will not leave room for these criminals to destroy the future of this country’s children while adding that he will leave no stone unturned to bring the drug dealers to the law and will not revoke the decision of death penalty.

Foreign forces play a role in the Opposition to the decision, President added.

Hence, President said a broad and strong coalition should be created among the people who love the country and its future generation in favour capital punishment and requested the public to raise their voice.

As a solution to a long standing issue of the Mahaweli farmers, this programme to grant ownership of lands was initiated under the guidance of the President.

The President also handed over documents related to four religious places.

This deed presentation was conducted under the direction of the President in accordance with the policy of granting ownership of a plot of land to every citizen of Sri Lanka. This new entitlement will be instrumental in upgrading the living standards of these farmers.

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