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Sri Lanka to hang drug criminals

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An air force officer holds Sri Lanka's national flag as the sun sets at Galle Face Green in Colombo February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka announced yesterday it would start hanging drug dealers, ending a near-half century moratorium on capital punishment as officials promised to “replicate the success” of the Philippines drug war. According to government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne, President Maithripala Sirisena had told the cabinet he “was ready to sign the death warrant” of repeat drug offenders. Lanka has commuted death sentences for serious crimes to life in prison since 1976, when the last execution took place.

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