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Australians apply in vain for Sri Lankan hangman job

Published on Mar 14, 2014 4:56 AM

COLOMBO (REUTERS) - 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 on Thursday.

"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 recruit foreigners."

Mr Pallegama said on Tuesday 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.

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