Sri Lanka leader ends 43-year moratorium on capital punishment

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Sri Lanka will end a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and begin hanging condemned inmates within a couple months, President Maithripala Sirisena said. Sirisena told Sri Lanka Parliament Wednesday convicted drug dealers will be executed in the next two or three months as part of a national narcotics crackdown. He added that prisoners in the country’s Welikada Prison will be transferred to the high security Angunakolapelessa Prison, since Welikada had become a base for distributing drugs.

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