Criminals in Sri Lanka are regularly given death sentences for murder, rape and drug-related crimes [Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]

Sri Lanka has started advertising for hangmen after the president vowed to resume executions for the first time in four decades as part of a hardline anti-drugs crackdown inspired by the Philippines.

Candidates must have “mental strength” and “excellent moral character”, according to job ads placed by prison authorities to fill long-vacant positions.

There are two

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