Tri Forces for controlling drugs, President ready to execute death penalty

July 12, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s cabinet has approved a proposal to draft a Drug Controlling Special Provision Bill empowering the authorities to use Tri Forces for the control of drug menace.

The proposal made by President as the Defence Minister and Minister of Law and Peace Ranjith Maddumabandara propose that the Tri Forces be used for a particular period of time as recommended by the Attorney General.

Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena today said that he would sign required orders to execute capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers who carry out large-scale drug smuggling operations while in detention.

Although there are certain opinions regarding capital punishment in a Buddhist society, if a large number of criminal acts spread in such a society despite religious sermons, it will be necessary to take some timely actions to control crime, he said.

Pointing out that some social websites and use of illegal drugs have caused an increase in murders and rapes, the President said that it is the responsibility of the government as well as the parents to give priority to save children from these evils.

President Sirisena further pointed out that the children should be made aware of the dangers of drugs and make them the messengers of creating a drug and alcohol-free society.