Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has announced that their country will be following the Philippines’ footsteps regarding the war against narcotics.
Death Penalty didn’t work
In Sri Lanka, drug trafficking carries out the death penalty. However, for 42 years, no one has ever been executed in their country.
The death sentences are usually brought down to life imprisonment. And we all know that these drug personalities like it better that way, they have their own turf inside the prison and they can still continue their business.
From January 2015 to April 23, 2018, police have seized 1,296 pounds of heroin, 38,539 pounds of hashish and 3,968 pounds of cocaine.
As a result, the Sri Lankan president seemed to have taken a leaf from the Philippines’ book.
Rajitha Senaratne, a Sri Lankan government spokesman, said that they will try to replicate the Philippines’ success in fighting the war against drugs.
“We were told that the Philippines has been successful in deploying the arm and dealing with this problem. We will try to replicate their success.”
Because of its geographical location, Sri Lanka has been made a drug transit point for the major drug cartels in Asia.
Earlier this week, Sri Lankan Police Narcotics Bureau were able to seize 229 pounds of heroin worth an estimated $7.5 million in one of the country’s biggest ever drugs busts.
As of writing, there are 400 convicts in the Sri Lankan death row. Although not all of them are there due to drug offences, it still is a significant number.
This resulted in the Sri Lankan President, who has been in office since 2015, to indicate that the government will shift its stance. The military will also be deployed to tackle the issue.