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Capital Punishment will not be scrapped: Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:55 GMT, Oct 11, 2015 |
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The government says Capital Punishment will not be scrapped, the moratorium on the death penalty will continue.

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the government is not going to abolish Capital Punishment, but continue the moratorium. He added that Sri Lanka has had some commitments and over the last several years, the Government had voted for the moratorium on Capital Punishment.

“The Foreign Ministry is considering voting for the moratorium this year also. The majority of experts and researchers believe that the implementation of the death penalty will not reduce the crime rate,” he said.

Clarifying the recent statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena after the incidence of the rape and murder of a five year old girl, Minister Rajapakshe said that the President did not say that the death penalty will be implemented next year.

“What he said was that he will leave it to parliament to decide. In parliament, there was only an adjournment motion recently and there was no votes taken regarding the matter. Sri Lanka has some commitments. Over the last several years we have voted for the moratorium,” he added.