Two Australians have applied in vain for Sri Lanka's hangman
job after the island nation's last official executioner got
upset on seeing the gallows for the first time and quit.
"Two Australians have sent emails to one of our departments
saying that they are interested," Chandrarathna Pallegama,
commissioner general of prisons, told Reuters.
"One is a system administrator and the other had not
mentioned the job he is doing," he said. "We have not called
the applications, moreover we do not have any provisions to
Pallegama said earlier the last hangman, who was third most
qualified among 176 applicants for the job, quit after
getting upset at seeing the gallows. Two hangmen chosen late
last year failed to show up for work.
The Indian Ocean island nation, a predominantly Buddhist
country, has not carried out an execution since 1976, despite
the fact that there are at least 405 convicts on death row.
But an alarming rise in child abuse, rapes, murders and drug
trafficking since the 25-year war against Tamil Tiger
separatists ended in 2009 has prompted some lawyers and
politicians to push for the death penalty to be reintroduced.