The Sri Lanka’s president, Maithripala Sirisena, signed the death penalty law on Wednesday for four drug offenders who will become the first people executed in decades on the island.
Maithripala Sirisena said he completed formalities to end a 42-year-old moratorium on the death penalty, which he said was needed to clamp down on a rampant narcotics trade.
He said, “I have signed the death warrants of four. They have not been told yet. We don’t want to announce the names yet because that could lead to unrest in prisons.”
He did not say when the executions would be carried out, only that it would be “very soon”.