The noose tightens on capital punishment as hangman returns
The Prisons Department will be ready to execute the death sentence, if and when it is restored, with the conclusion this week of the interviews for the post of hangman. Rehabilitation and Prisons Reforms Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera told the Sunday Times that the main objective of recruiting a hangman was to prepare for the execution of the death penalty, if it is to be implemented again.
“There are only a few officials of those who were in service when the death penalty was implemented. This is one of the main reasons to select the right person as hangman, so that they can train him,” he said. There were 178 applicants for the post of hangman, of which 10 were rejected.
From the remaining 168 applicants, only 65 candidates attended the interviews held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Four of the applicants have passed the advanced level, while most of the others had passed Grade 8. The starting salary for the position is Rs 11,000.
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