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Feb 12, 2019 7:56 AM 2+ mon ago

Hangmen wanted as drug traffickers face death penalty

Sri Lanka is trying to hire two hangmen after bringing back the death penalty for drug traffickers.

In a move inspired by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena said last week he wants to resume the use of capital punishment for drug traffickers in the next two months.

A recruitment advert has appeared in the state-run Daily News offering the posts at 36,310 rupees (-L-158) per month, which is above average for a government job.

Drug trafficking is a capital offence in Sri Lanka, but the country's last execution for any crime took place in 1976. Death sentences have been commuted to life in prison since then.

Anyone wishing to apply for the role of executioner should be Sri Lankan, male, aged between 18 and 45, and have both "excellent moral character" and "mental strength," according to the ...

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