Death Row Prisoners Protest on Roof-Top of Lankan Jail

Published: 04th January 2014 04:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th January 2014 04:05 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

A group of death row prisoners at a Sri Lankan jail are staging a protest on its roof top demanding their release, officials said today.          

"There are 27 inmates on roof top. They demand they be freed," Bogambara prison spokesman Gamini Kulatunga said, adding that all of them protesting at the jail in Kandy are death row convicts.  

"18 of them are those who had been condemned for execution while six more of them are those who have appealed against (their) death sentence," he said.        

Executions do not take place in Sri Lanka even though death penalty is legal. No executions have taken place since June 23, 1976.           

Successive Sri Lankan presidents since 1978 have declined to use hanging warrants for personal reasons. The death sentence therefore is commuted to life imprisonment.            

Prisoners who have to suffer 20-year jail term instead of hanging seek remission at 10 years of their term, officials said.  

However, at present no remission would be applicable until 20 years of sentence is completed.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp