Six applied for hangman post

Six people had applied for the post of hangman, which fell vacant after the predecessor was promoted recently, Prisons Reforms Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera said yesterday.

He told the Daily Mirror that some who had applied for the post even asked for a special allowance for each judicial execution to be carried out by them if they were recruited.

Though capital punishment is in place, the prisons authorities have not carried out a judicial execution since 1977.

Yet, the Minister said his Ministry should maintain the cadre of the prison service, and therefore, this post would be filled.

“It does not mean that we will carry out a judicial execution again. It’s a matter of filling vacancies. We have to also re-designate the post of hangman. In Sinhala, we call him Alugosuwa but it is not appropriate now,” he said.

There are about 357 people on death row, and some of them have been there for more than 15 years. from