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Sri Lanka Buddhism ministry announces death sentence for drug traffickers

Sri Lanka's Minister of Buddhasasana announced on Tuesday that the cabinet had decided to implement the death penalty for those convicted of drug trafficking. 

Making the announcement, the Buddhasasana minister, Gamini Jayawickrama Perara said "as the Ministry of Buddhasasana, I never take decisions on my own. My Chief advisers are Mahanayakas, Anunayakas and Lekakadhikari Theras including the Maha Sangha"

All the Maha Sangha, senior Buddhist clergy, have agreed to the decision, the Colombo Page reported. 

The decision would include those convicted and in prison already over the past fifteen years.