The European Union has offered to share its experience with Sri Lanka to face the drugs threat.The Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Sri Lanka, in a statement in agreement with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission, the Embassies of Norway and Switzerland, as well as the High Commissions of Canada and Australia said that death penalty is an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity. The EU noted that more than two-thirds of countries around the world, with a variety of legal systems, traditions, cultures and religious backgrounds, have either abolished the death penalty or do not practise it.The EU called on the Sri Lankan Government to maintain its moratorium on the death penalty in line with its vote at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in December 2018. (Colombo Gazette) “While acknowledging that combatting the proliferation of drugs is a serious challenge for countries around the world, and that action to counter the illicit drug trade is important and necessary, the evidence does not support the argument that the death penalty is an effective deterrent. We are ready to share our experiences in addressing the threat posed by drugs,” the EU said. The Government of Sri Lanka has recently taken measures towards resuming executions and bringing an end to Sri Lanka’s 43-year moratorium on the death penalty as part of its stepped up anti-drug policy.
CANADIAN POLICE HAVE thwarted a terrorist plot on its homeland with the help of US authorities and arrested two suspects.It is understood that the arrests came after a a year-long investigation that led to the arrests of two men, Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, who live in the Montreal and Toronto area and were conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack against a VIA passenger train that runs between Toronto and New York.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a press conference which began at 8.30pm Irish time that the plot was uncovered “early and effectively” through their work with the FBI and Homeland Security.RCMP assistant commissioner James Maliza said that “had this plot been carried out it would have resulted in innocent people being killed, or seriously injured.”Canadian police said that the attack was “Al-Qaeda supported” from elements in Iran and had received “direction and guidance”. The RCMP added, however, that there was “no indication that these attacks were state-sponsored.”The pair are expected to appear in court on tomorrow for a bail hearing.Charges include conspiring to carry out an attack against, and conspiring to murder persons unknown for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.While the RCMP believed that these individuals had the capacity and intent to carry out these criminal acts, they said that there was no imminent threat to the general public, rail employees, train passengers or infrastructure.- Additional reporting by AFP