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Sri Lanka recruiting 2 hangmen before resuming death penalty


After 43 years, the island of Sri Lanka is set to reinstitute the death penalty. (iStockphoto)

Although not an explicit job requirement, a sense of gallows humor probably helps.

The island nation of Sri Lanka has placed an ad in a state-run newspaper seeking a few good men — hangmen, to be precise. Candidates should be male, between the ages of 18 and 45, possess an “excellent moral character” and ultimately pass a “mind and mental strength” test.

President Maithripala Sirisena has stated executions will resume after vowing to end a 43-year capital punishment moratorium, reported The Associated Press.

Sri Lanka, a teardrop-shaped nation of about 22 million inhabitants off the southern coast of India, hasn’t carried out an execution since 1976, but Sirisena wants killings to resume — particularly for convicted drug traffickers. Of the current 1,299 prisoners sentenced to death, four dozen are for drug offenses.

After a January trip to the Philippines, Sirisena applauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s extreme drug crackdown as “an example to the world.” Since taking charge in 2016, thousands of suspects have been executed in the Philippines — drawing condemnation from human rights groups.

Sirisena is taking a tougher stand after recent large narcotics seizures have made the country a smuggling hub. In the capital of Colombo, a January apartment raid by police netted 198 pounds of heroin. Five suspects were busted in that dirty deal, two of which were Americans. And on Tuesday, 242 pounds of illicit drugs were seized from two Colombo locations, reported The AP.

But the lucky pair who do get the job won’t be getting rich any time soon — it pays the equivalent of about $203 a month.