Liberals Oppose Death Penalty
The Liberal Party in a statement issued totally opposes the implementation of the death penalty for any offence in Sri Lanka. Secretary General of the Liberal Party Mr. Kamal Nissanka states that Liberal International of which The Liberal Party (Sri Lanka) is full member in its congress held in Ottawa, Canada in October 2000, adopted that Liberal International in which the Liberal Party (Sri Lanka) is a member is against the capital punishment or death penalty. In 2000 at Ottawa Congress LI passed a following resolution that Liberal Parties should work for total abolition of use of death penalty and in the meantime demand in case investigation of those in death row that no innocent will follow death penalty.
The party further notes, that in April 1999, the United Nations Human Rights Commission passed a Resolution Supporting Worldwide Moratorium on Executions. The resolution calls on countries which have not abolished the death penalty to restrict the use of death penalty including not imposing it on juvenile offenders and limiting the number of offences for which it can be imposed.
The European Parliament has also reiterated its call for the abolition of capital punishment and the immediate imposition of a moratorium in countries where capital punishment still exists.
The Liberal Party understands that the murder of Seya Sadewmi triggered public outcry. The public agitation and demand to activate the death penalty or capital punishment has now become a national debate. The whole incident created continued heartache. The father of child was not at home and had gone for work at the dark hour. Mother was unable to provide the necessary security for the child because of her own reasons. A perpetrator had snatched the girl away, killed performed sex. The helplessness of the child at the time she needed the most help and assistance, evoked our emotions.
On the other hand a public outcry grew and the police was in a vulnerable situation and that they had to take some measure to capture the criminal and within the cause of their investigations arrested a person below 17 years for some other reason. A scientific investigation had confirmed that he was not the culprit. For some other reason if it was confirmed by false evidence that the culprit was the student suspected what could have been the outcome?
The major argument presented by those who oppose capital punishment is that there is probability that an innocent could be a victim in the investigation process and judicial proceedings.